New Office 365 2013 Preview: New Features

New features in Office 2013 are mostly tablet oriented as well as arranged around the new simplified ribbon menu style. One of the key features is the simpler look allows the user to flip through pages of a Microsoft Office Document on a touch-screen in a realistic manner, much as one would flip through the pages of a book.

Other features related to this Office 2013 Metro interface are a recurring theme on the Metro Windows 8 Phone and Windows 8 user interface, which are also metro.

While it seems exciting to technical types, I have experienced lack of enthusiasm and resistance to change in offices when dealing with the Metro theme, Windows 8, and Office 2013. Much of this resistance can and will be worn down over time, and new consensus will be hard-fought and won in the world of interfaces.

Some of the advantages to Metro style features include the new start screen. Rather than loath it, consider that you have a whole screen and even more to pin all your favorite applications and documents. You can alter tile size and information content. For the developer, the tile is a valuable tool, able to convey information in the form of instant updates to applications, increasing their notoriety.

Closing Windows 8 style full-screen apps. There is no manual that comes with Windows 8 to tell you how to do this, so an old tech geek trick of closing the application by clicking <alt><f4>. You can switch between apps very quickly without closing them using <alt> <tab>. This option is very useful because it opens up a window showing all foreground applications so that you can select the one you want immediately.

On the right, the mouse will open the Windows 8 Charm Bar. This bar has a search feature at the top which is very powerful. Not only can you search your own local machine but any shared network resources as well.

Rebuilding Windows is much easier, faster, and cheaper than it was with Windows 7 or previous versions of Windows. With Windows 8 you can re-install Windows with Windows running and without losing any documents, apps, or settings. This results in much less time spent re-building PC’s and much less user resistance because documents, settings, and apps remain the same after repair.

The Windows Mail and Social features built-in to Windows 8 are great for home users, but applications such as Mail should be turned off for business users, as business users are generally using Microsoft Outlook.

With so many decisions to make about training people for Windows 8, leaving them with Windows 7, it is good to have a company who knows the details that can help you make tough decisions. Our engineers at the Web and I are ready to speak to you today at 646-853-0573.

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