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Few months ago, Microsoft officially announced the completion of development work of Office 2013 and compilation of RTM build of Office 2013 on their official Office Blog. They also mentioned that the Office 2013 will be releasing in the early 2013 and this is actually making sense as well. Now, as per my assumption Microsoft will release Office 2013 along with the Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet.
Few days ago Microsoft officially announced the pricing of Surface Pro tablet and marked the availability same as early 2013. So, we may see the release of Office 2013 RTM and Surface Pro tablet together, may be second half of January next year.
Office 2013 Features
I am using the Office 2013 Release Preview for some time now, and here is my list of top 10 features I liked in Office 2013.
1. It is designed for Touch devices: The new Office is optimized for pen and touch as well as keyboard and mouse, making common tasks fast, fluid, and intuitive. It also comes with a sleek new interface that puts your most important documents, applications, and people right up front.
2. Install what you need: The new features Click-to-Run and Office on Demand give you access to all the powerful features of the Office applications without actually installing them on your computer. Only the parts of the application you need are actually downloaded as you need them (not the whole thing).
3. Edit PDF documents in Word 2013: You can open a PDF in Word, and its paragraphs, lists, tables, and other content act just like Word content. You can make changes to the file as per your requirements and save it back again as a PDF document.
4. Working with team is quite easier: A new revision view, simple markup, provides a clean, uncomplicated view of your document, while still showing you where the tracked changes have been made. You can also debate and easily track comments right next to the relevant text. And when a comment is addressed and no longer requires attention, you can mark it as done.
5. Share anything instantly with SkyDrive Pro: You can save your documents online to your personal cloud storage. From there, you can access and share your Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and other Office files, and work together with your colleagues on the same file at the same time.
6. New Document Read Mode: Click on read mode to display your documents in easy-to-read columns on the screen. Editing tools are removed to minimize distractions, but you still have access to the tools that are always handy for reading such as defining a word, translating it, or searching on the web.
7. Enter data faster in Excel using Flash Fill: Flash fill, a new tool in Excel, makes data entry faster. As soon as it detects what you want to do, flash fill enters the rest of your data in one fell swoop, following the pattern it recognizes in your data.
8. New Presenter View in PowerPoint: The improved presenter view enables you to see your notes on the monitor, while the audience only sees the slide. With the new PowerPoint, you can zoom in to specific component of a slide such as a chart, diagram, or whatever you want to emphasize for your audience.
9. New improved INK feature in OneNote: The improved inking feature in OneNote enables you to smoothly draw, erase, and edit with your finger, stylus, or mouse on any touch-capable device. If you need to share your handwritten notes, OneNote can automatically convert your handwriting to text.
10. Quick Chart analysis and recommendations in Excel: The new quick analysis tool in Excel lets you convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less. Excel also includes a new chart recommendations tool that recommends the most suitable charts for your data. Get a quick peek to see how your data looks in the different charts, and then pick the one you like best. Learn more.
These are just 10 features which I am using the most but Office 2013 comes with many more amazing features and tools which can take your productivity to a whole new level.
Are you going to upgrade to new Office 2013? Let us know you views and experience with Office 2013 in comments.