The press release is already out, though, and it confirms for the first time officially that Microsoft will include the new Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Power Point and OneNote) for free with each tablet or hybrid device that is running Windows RT, to sweeten up the pot for those who are hesitant that those slates can't run legacy programs written for Intel's x86 platform.
You can hit the link below and download the new Office preview right now, to take the new interface for a spin and see how social, SkyDrive, digital inking, and Skype integration is all tied up together.
SAN FRANCISCO — July 16, 2012 —Today, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available atoffice.com/preview. The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.
“We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer said at the press conference in San Francisco. “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.”
Office at Its Best on Windows 8
Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.
Inking.Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.
NewWindows 8applications.OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.
Includedin Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.
Office Is in the Cloud
SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.
Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including your most recently used files, templates and even your custom dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that spot in a single click.
Office onDemand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.
New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.
Office Is Social
Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.
Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.
People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.
Office UnlocksNew Scenarios
Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you — take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and forth.
Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.
Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard for collaborative brainstorming.
Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these multitouch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.
While the full lineup of offerings and pricing plans will be announced in the fall, Ballmer discussed three new Office 365 subscription services. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices. The three new editions will be the following:
Office 365 Home Premium—designed for families and consumers. This service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month.
Office 365 Small Business Premium—designed for small businesses. This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD webconferencing.
Office 365 ProPlus—designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.
yea.. that "super crazy" $75 licencing fee. Thats cheaper than office by itself, much less a normal windows licence. ;)
If they pull off functionality, stability, and usability then I think people wont even notice that little price bump.
yup, considering Android is free!! but looking at features such as desktop mode and full MS office loaded on it its kind of a better deal than Android... iOS is well, too many restrictions there... so forget iOS
really cant wait to get my own windows 8 tablet :D
i figured they would implement a full/mostly full version off office with R/T as its a major business selling point. That looks very well optimized for tablets. If it is, then kudos to MS for finally "getting it". That is going to be great for their ecosystem. Especially if the W8 phone version is the same/extremely similar.
What microsoft has done with surface is quite interesting. I think the reason why they announced it months before it was even available and didn't mention anything about the price is to give OEM's a model to follow. The OEM's will do all they can to produce better windows tablets than the surface and i think that is the ultimate goal for microsoft. They don't have to compromise the hardware in order to produce cheaper tablets because microsoft has not mentioned the price of the surface. All that the OEM's care about right now is how they will outdo the surface and this is exactly what MS wants; to have their software on the best hardware. For windows phone, Nokia is there to set the standard. Google also tries to do this. I don't think the surface will outsell the ipad, i think windows 8 tablets will outsell the ipad, that is the goal for microsoft.
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