NSIS Systems Reviews Microsoft’s Office 2013 Preview Release

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The latest version of Microsoft Office suite integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. The office suite and operating system target market is tablets and PCs. NSIS Systems resale of the office product range provides a vital stream of revenue for the IT Support Company.

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Microsoft’s Office suite is used by more than a billion people and run on around 90 per cent of the world’s business computers. The office product is the single largest revenue stream for Microsoft and accounts for around $15billion a year. NSIS Systems expects the new preview version not to launch until next year.

The official unveiling event in San Francisco by Steve Ballmer claimed the software was “a new generation that brings some of the same boldness and beauty that we’ve shown you in Windows 8 and Windows Phone”. He also stated “This is the most ambitious release of Microsoft office that we’ve ever done”, and emphasised the target market for the office 2013 suite is students, busy families and consumers.

The Office 2013 suite will include the following applications Word, Outlook, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint. NSIS Systems has seen updates and improvement to the Office and Windows 8 operating systems user interface (UI) to incorporate a touch interface to service users who have smartphones and tablets. More than half of all users now have at least three devices and 60 per cent say they use the same devices for work and personal applications, Microsoft claimed.

OneNote has been comprehensively redesigned and the bulk of the applications have been polished to improve their overall functionality so they work better on tablets and PCs. The updated OneNote integrates better with tablet functions such as touch and handwriting recognition. NSIS Systems likes the new ‘radial menu’ as this is easier to change font size and characteristics using fingers rather than a mouse and keyboard.

A new function of Microsoft Word 2013 is it can now edit PDF files as well as save directly in the Adobe format. Word 2013 now has the ability to embed YouTube clips more easily. Users are encouraged to connect all their devices to the internet so documents can be reopened at the same point from the last save on any of them. NSIS Systems likes the ‘reading mode’ which encourages tablet users to read more on their devices.

All the applications now integrate with Microsoft’s cloud storage system namely SkyDrive, this offers an up-to-date and easy access documents.

Microsoft Outlook has been face lifted to so a preview of the calendar or contact details. This can be layered on top of the main mail window. NSIS Systems see these features as very beneficial as it will allow users to keep Outlook as their entire main screen on computers. A cool new add-on application can also automatically scans emails for addresses and show locations, and or look for suggested meeting times and generate appointments.

PowerPoint now has an enhanced presentation mode. This will allow users to project their documents onto a screen while simultaneously viewing their notes and slides on a tablet or PC.
NSIS Systems has seen more social networking elements added to the suite aimed at businesses, allowing users to “follow” colleagues, documents and tasks. Microsoft recently purchased business social network Yammer for $1.2billion and integrate with other purchases like Skype. Collaboration has been augmented with new video conferencing and live collaborative document editing tools.

Microsoft Windows 8 is expected to launch in October and will be reviewed by NSIS Systems closer to the time.

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