Microsoft Office 2013 has already been officially released. The most popular office suite in the world, one of Microsoft’s crown jewels, debuts with a delivery full of novelties, which launches a hybrid interface between desktop application and Modern UI application, oriented to the cloud and also thought for tablets. The companions of the sister publication Engadget Windows they will offer throughout these days an in-depth special on the new Office 2013, going into depths that we will not see here. In this article we are going to condense the main features of Office 2013.
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What’s new in Office 2013
New Modern UI style interface
The first thing Office users will notice is that Office 2013 has incorporated a mixture of Modern UI style interface with the traditional desktop one. Both when opening any of the elements of the suite, and when clicking on the only prominent control of the desktop interface, “FILE”, we will be faced with a display similar to the single window of a native Windows 8 application, preserving that yes, and in a very discreet way, the typical controls of a traditional Windows window (minimize in the taskbar, maximize and close).
Another important aspect is the link established between the user of the application and the product. In the professional version of Office 2013, for example, it becomes especially notable because the license is associated with a Microsoft account, which will be permanently identified in each Office 2013 module, showing our avatar if we have created it.
The third feature worthy of note is the orientation of the suite to the collaborative work, as well as cloud integration mainly through the SkyDrive service, although there are more, like SharePoint, for example.
If Office is one of the jewels in the crown, Word is the jewel’s main gemstone. The word processor Word is probably the most widely used product in the world for these purposes. In the 2013 edition it incorporates, in addition to the common characteristics described for all the programs in the suite, new features that give a new twist to a product that was already very powerful.
Every time we run Word 2013, or press “FILE” from the desktop interface, we will land on a Modern UI style screen, where we will have on the left side, in a blue band with white letters, the recent documents and a control to open others, although the most interesting is in the right area, after the search bar.
Under the heading “Suggested searches” is hidden access to a complete family of templates, which as always can be customized through an assistant, in addition to being able to create whatever we want.
The next notable feature is the new ability to manipulate PDF documents, which we can easily create from the program, although the most interesting is the direct conversion that performs between a document in Adobe’s format and Word’s own. I have tried with large PDFs in length and with great graphic load, the results are surprising in terms of the fidelity in the reproduction of the content. In Word 2013 third-party tools are no longer necessary For this end.
The document design He has also climbed some steps in the new installment. The task of mixing images with text in previous versions has been greatly simplified and improved, with options more typical of a DTP program than a word processor, with much more professional results.
If advanced document editing was left here it would already be a great improvement, but Microsoft has gone a bit further, with the ability to search and add images and video online. You no longer need to exit Word to view a video.
Word is a general purpose product, aimed at individuals and companies. To make collaboration more productive in the latter, Word 2013 has added the ability to nested comments, like the ones we can see in any forum. The gibberish of previous versions in the comments has been well resolved, now we can see the comments made and answered by other users in an orderly way, in which the avatars of the commenters will appear if they have it defined.
Finally highlight the feature “Reading mode”. It is similar to the “preview” function although it goes a little further in its mission. With the new function we can read the document in a more natural way, without unnecessary distraction elements, making the most of the screen. This function is particularly useful on a tablet oriented vertically, the user experience is similar to having a folio written in your hand, although it does weigh much more.
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The next popular piece of Office 2013 is the Excel spreadsheet. If I had to summarize in a few words the contribution of Excel 2013, I would say that now everything is much easierfrom ordinary work to creating advanced graphics.
The moment we introduce a new set of data in a sheet and select all its cells, an icon appears in the lower right corner of the sheet, it is the quick scan tool, which enables a set of commonly used functions: formatting, graphs, totals, tables, and “sparklines”.
In Excel 2013 the new templates they also take center stage. The graphical assistant is parked in favor of the Recommended Charts tool. The operation is quite intuitive.
As soon as we have entered the data in a couple of rows and four columns, the tool will suggest a simple graphic. If the table is more complex, the suggested graph will be more detailed. In any case, we can always select one at our convenience.
The “Recommended graphics” tool can be found at “Insert” »Recommended charts. For the example in the image, once the table is selected, Excel 2013 has suggested five types: vertical bars, horizontal bars, scatter with straight lines and markers, solid line (trend line), and the typical pie chart.
If the table contains complex data and some of them do not interest us for the graph, we can hide this data using the “Filter” tool, which will appear to the right of the table in the “Graphic Design” view. Applying filters streamlines the process of adding and removing data from a table and also enables the layout change between two-dimensional and three-dimensional graph.
Another of Excel’s “coconuts”, dynamic tables, has undergone a simplification, although it is still a complex issue. In Excel 2013, the pivot table suggestions, which make it easy to work with interconnected data. Finally, and only available in the Office Professional Plus version, there is Power View, which allows the creation of graphs from very complex tables.
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