Microsoft Office 2013 has just been opened for preview and there are lots of new updates. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer describes the software as “the most ambitious release of Microsoft Office we have ever done”. Office 2013 is touchscreen compatible so you can use this software on tablets. Cloud-connected and designed to work well on Windows 8 tablets, Office 2013 signals a shift to document collaboration anywhere using any device access. Here, we will be reviewing over the new features and updates for Microsoft Office 2013.The New User Interface Office 2013 has a new user interface.The “ribbon” remains front and center, though the text and the icons inside it are larger and spaced farther apart. These changes are best for larger monitors and touch screen displays, however the ribbon is not too overwhelming for the average laptop display. The new versions of the Office applications have a new swiping motion to move across documents in Word and presentations in PowerPoint. You can pinch and zoom around the documents. These changes were likely made due to the new tablet users Microsoft is expecting.Word In Microsoft Office 2013, Word received many new features. Here is a breakdown of the new features: -The New Read Mode lets text flow automatically into columns making it easier to read. -Using the Object Zoom, with a finger tap or mouse click lets you see the detail. To return to the original view, simply tab or click again. –Resume Reading is feature where Word automatically bookmarks the spot you last visited. Come back later and it will remember exactly where you were. -When collaborating with someone on a document you can reply to each others comments next to the document. -Documents are saved online to SkyDrive or SharePoint. Send your co-workers a link to the file, along with viewing and editing permission to make collaborating so much easier. -You can align charts, photos, and diagrams with your text to keep everything organized. -With Live Layout, when you align your charts, photos, and diagrams, the text will move out of the way to make room for the visual. – Open a PDF file in Word, and the document will act as though it is a Word document.Excel New Excel features makes Excel more helpful: -After entering your data, Excel summarizes it and previews it in several different pivot-table options, making it easier to pick the option that presents the data the most effectively. -If you are typing a pattern, Excel recognizes it and auto-completes the column for you. -When you find a display that fits your data, apply formatting, sparklines, charts, and tables with a single click. -Tweak your charts quickly and easily by changing the title, layout, and other elements. All of this will be done from a more interactive interface. –Share your chart by sending a link to co-workers! Your Excel documents are automatically saved online with SkyDrive and SharePoint. -Share spreadsheets easily on your social network pages. –Share your workbooks with others using a Lync conversation or meeting. You can also allow others to edit your workbook to collaborate.PowerPoint In Microsoft PowerPoint there are some exciting new features: -The new start screen makes it easier to start a project because it has a collection of new themes. -With a single click, choose alternative color schemes and apply them to your presentation. -Align shapes, text boxes, and graphics with text to create a professional presentation. -Use the Union, Combine, Fragment, Intersect, and Subtract tools to merge shapes into the figure you desire -To focus your audience’s attention you can zoom in to your main point. Zoom out just as smoothly, with just a couple of clicks. –Switch slides, in or out of sequence, from a grid only you can see. Your audience only sees what you select! –Auto-extend ensures that when you project to a second screen, your presentation will appear on the correct screen. -When collaborating, reply to comments next to the text. –Share your presentation by sending a link to co-workers! Your presentations are automatically saved online with SkyDrive and SharePoint.Outlook Outlook has been updated: -When you connect with Exchange ActiveSync and receive push-based email, appointments and contacts. -The Navigation Bar provides convenient ways to open your email, calendar, contacts, and tasks. -Get updates from social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, and others. -Get a glance at your schedule, appointments, and contact info about who you are emailing without navigating away from the window you are using. –Integrate contacts into a single view, while presenting social context and removing pointless information. –Share your calendar with others so they know when it is best to contact you. -See the weather forecast right in Outlook. -Quick find emails, contacts, calendar appointments, and attachments through an improved search. -With a single click, view your calendar for today, next week, or next month.OneNote OneNote has some new features: -Use OneNote Mobile apps on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android Phones or use the OneNote Web App if you are using a browser. -All OneNote apps sync up to SkyDrive and SharePoint. Access your on-the-go notes there. –Insert pictures, documents, videos, and more into your notes. -If you prefer to write, OneNote can convert your handwriting into text. Draw, erase and edit with your finger or mouse. –Make tables in your notes then transfer them into Excel later. -Easily search your notes for anything you’ve captured. It could be a term in the notes, the file it was saved as or text in a picture. -OneNote saves automatically as you go. –Share your notes by sending a link to co-workers! Your notes are automatically saved online with SkyDrive and SharePoint.To learn more about SADA Systems and our Microsoft Office 365 services, visit www.sadasystems.com.