Improvements in 2013
With this latest upgrade of the prominent office solutions package, Office 2013 combines practical usage with sleek looks, intuitive features, and heightened flexibility that lets you do more than ever. Users can quickly produce world-class documents, analyze more data faster, and be able to put together effective yet eye-catching presentations all on the fly. These upgrades make the 2013 Edition of Microsoft Office the most powerful yet, building upon an already impressive framework set by 20 years of market prowess. For home and student use, you’ll be able to budget, schedule, and manage your personal and professional communications all from one powerful central package.
Subscription-Based Service Now Available
For families, the Home and Student editions are the perfect entry into perhaps the most landmark and important addition to Microsoft Office 2013, Office 365. Office 365 is a subscription-based service, with monthly or yearly payment options and differing package plans that fit your specific needs. If you want Word and PowerPoint for your family, allowing both students and adults alike to have access to helpful tools, you can pick a lighter and affordable subscription and be able to use those programs on multiple devices using a Microsoft Office login.
Files also can be stored through the Cloud as well with Office 365, allowing students to take their homework anywhere with them. Another great benefit of this subscription service is the ability to get updates and upgrades automatically. If a new version of Office is released, your subscription will update you to the latest version hassle free and at no additional charge. Of course, you can still stick with a one-time purchase of Office 2013 for one device and always sign up for an Office 365 subscription later on if you decide.
What’s New In This Edition?
With each new release of Microsoft Office, the design seems to get smoother and smoother. With screen resolutions, display quality, and higher frames per second becoming ever more popular and common, Office 2013 makes great strides in providing a crisp and clean user interface that seems more natural than previous versions.
Design quirks like the Office button from the 2007 release seem distant and far off with a sleek and refined look and feel. Touch screen functionality is significantly increased and intuitive to use. No longer frustrating and confusing, commands and freehand usage is natural and flowing. Pinch, drag, and swipe instantly, allowing you to get more done, faster. The Ribbon receives a fresh “theme” update, making use of negative space and adding a little character to the otherwise bleak landscape of Office applications. Of course, all of these display updates can seem a bit awkward on older devices with lower display resolutions, however, functionality still keeps up in peak performance.
Applications are the most critical factor in purchasing a family of products like Microsoft Office. Maybe the most popular application in the Office lineup is Word. For 20 years, Word has been the most renown world processing software on the market. Word sees quite a few useful upgrades. You can now import videos and images directly from the web into your documents, an update that has been wanted for years prior. This also applies to the other applications. Once you import those photos, you can use Word’s new alignment tool to place your image wherever you desire and with precision. This is great for newsletters, writing a blog, or developing documents for a presentation.
Lastly, an addition that has been sought after for ages is PDF integration. You could always save as a PDF or read PDF files in Word and other Office applications, but not be able to edit them. Finally, you can edit PDF files without an external add-on directly in Word. Word will also keep formatting and stylizations from the original document in-tact when importing.
While web-based presentation software has tried to dethrone it, PowerPoint remains at the top when it comes to presentation applications. Office 2013 adds this to all its applications now, but perhaps it’s most beneficial in PowerPoint. When starting up, you’ll get template options as a friendly suggestion as to where to start. This is great if you want to do a photo slideshow, you can click on that template, pick a theme, and get started.
Design tools have been enhanced, allowing users more customization options when designing slides and deck themes. Dropper tools have been updated as well, allowing more accurate consistency with colors. While other applications in Office allow importing audio and video from the web, PowerPoint makes the most of this advantage allowing videos from YouTube and photos from Flickr to be directly imported into slides.
Excel is an intimidating yet powerful software that can do tasks as simple as calculating a budget to managing datasets and sophisticated data analysis like highlighting and predicting trends. Quick Analysis is a new upgrade that makes using Excel easier than ever, making it never more accessible. This new function allows you to highlight selected data, and see instantly related commands (such as the Sum function when adjacent cells in a column are selected) and previews of graphical representations such as charts and graphs. Graphs and Charts now update in real time according to data selected, giving users more accurate analysis on the fly.
Why Buy Office 2013?
This Home and Student edition comes with the flagship Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.