Microsoft Corp. unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft
Office that features an intuitive design that works with touch, stylus,
mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets.
are taking bold steps at Microsoft," Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft
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."
Here's our list of top 10 features that the new Office has to offer.
Touch everywhere - The new Office responds to touch as naturally as it
does to keyboard and mouse. One can swipe their finger across the screen
or pinch and zoom to read documents and presentations.
- Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features.
Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Stylus
can also be used as a laser pointer when presenting. One can also add
colour to their content and erase mistakes with ease.
3) Apps -
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 finger.
4) SkyDrive - Office saves documents
to SkyDrive by default, which means content is always available across
all devices tablet, PC and phone. Documents are also available offline
and sync on reconnecting.
5) New subscription services - The new
Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service, which means
consumers will 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.
6) Stay connected - Follow
people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed
pictures, videos and Office content in activity feeds to stay current
7) Skype - The new Office comes with Skype, which gives
60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts
into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.
Reading, 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.
Digital note-taking - Digital note taking helps keep notes handy in the
cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. One can take notes with
touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and
10) 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, one can zoom, mark up and navigate
slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video
with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard
for collaborative brainstorming.