Dave’s Computer Tips: Microsoft Office 2013 Customer Preview

by Dave Hartsock in Daves Computer Tips

Microsoft Office 2013 Customer Preview Download

While a core group at Redmond have been working tirelessly on Windows 8 another group has been hard at work on Microsoft’s next Office version, Office 2013. Today the customer preview was released to the general public and you can test it out by visiting the Office Customer Preview site. You will need a free Microsoft account if you don’t already have one.

The biggest change users will notice is the updated interface that is less “flashy” than those of the past and more akin to the “flat” style used in Microsoft’s Windows 8. The other big news it Office 2013′s ability to accept touch input. In fact, Windows 8 on ARM platforms will ship with Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, and OneNote 2013. All Office 2013 applications also have the ability to go full screen by hiding the ribbon interface, which will be a boon for tablet users with touch screens.

Of note is all Office 2013 applications will be desktop applications in Windows 8. This means they will not operate within the new Windows 8 Metro Start Menu, but within the Windows 8 desktop environment.

Details about Changes in Office 2013 here.

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10 thoughts on “Dave’s Computer Tips: Microsoft Office 2013 Customer Preview”

  1. It would be more useful for Microsoft to produce a 64 bit version that could utilise all the processors modern computers now have rather than tinkering with look and feel.

  2. Don't utilize Office 2013 if you're also currently using MS Office Business Contact Manager with Office 2010. You'll find they're incompatible & when you uninstall Office 2013 there are residual problems left on your Office 2010 which MS technical wasn't able to resolve for me to my satisfaction!

    1. Not that I'm aware of…at leat not yet anyway. I ended up having to ditch BCM on my desktop version of Office 2010 because even after the uninstall there were still residual issues. Even completely uninstalling Office 2010 & reinstalling it didn't help. To MS tech's credit they tried their best over a couple of days & they "thought" they might have the problem solved by removing certain registry entries, but by that time I was "done". I found it easier to just do without BCM.

      1. Dennis, your feedback helped. I had upgraded my Office 2010 to 2013 Preview and BCM got screwed. Had to roll back. Instead of uninstalling office 2013 if you do system restore you get everything back without any loss. BCM works nicely again, as you had left it and so does Office 2010. Hope it helps others.

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