Usually Apple are known for filling up the front pages but recently Microsoft have been hitting the headlines with a string of announcements including news that they’re releasing their own Tablet, Surface.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made more waves when he unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office. The new suite of programs has been designed for consumers and business users and will work on whether you’re using a mouse, keyboard, tablet or stylus.
According to Ballmer “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers”.
As expected the new Office comes with a wide range of new features including:
Cloud Integration – Office is delivered as a subscription, automatically saving your documents with Microsofts cloud storage solution, Sky Drive. Office also roams your content and settings across devices.
Social – Office is built on social, integarted with the major social networks including Facebook, LinkedIn and Flickr to sync contact information, share updates and access images. You can also connect via voice and video calling via Skype and Lync.
End user capabilities – At the core, Office is about getting things done and includes new scenarios including reading mode, improved meetings and easy data visualisations.
Office has been built to perform at its best on the lastest version of Microsofts operating system, Windows 8. The modern user experience is designed to be used on any device whether it is a desktop or a tablet.
Windows 8 is expected to be available in late October but an official release date is yet to be confirmed.
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