Microsoft is going to launch the latest version of Office, according to a tweet from the official Microsoft’s Office Twitter account posted over the weekend. The tweet also contains a picture of what Microsoft is setting up in New York City’s Bryant Park for launch day, specifying January 29 as the day of the event.
The new version of Microsoft Office 2013 represents a re-think of the productivity software. Microsoft re-designed Office for Windows 8, changing aspects of the design, features and back end to better support the world of touchscreens, cloud connectivity and social networks. Although the new Office is designed for Windows 8 machines but actually its not just a Windows 8 app, it can also be installed and used on traditional desktop environment, even on Windows RT devices.
Microsoft Office 2013 will cost $140 for the Home & Student Edition with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. A Home & Business edition, which includes Outlook, costs $220, and a Professional edition with Publisher and Access costs $400.
Microsoft is also changing the way of selling the Microsoft Office 2013. When a customer buys Office, they will be able to download it and install it on up to five machines. A subscription also includes 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes per month of Skype calls and updates for new versions of the apps.
Improvements in Office 2013
Office 2013 has a new look, in line with the “Modern-style” aesthetic of Windows 8. Microsoft has included a “Touch Mode” that makes Office easier to use on Windows 8 tablets. It includes a new “Read Mode” in Word for viewing documents without distractions, built-in PDF editing, additional analysis tools in Excel and tighter integration with Web services such as SkyDrive and Facebook.
Zune software is a digital media jukebox that puts your favorite music, videos, and pictures at your fingertips. Use Zune software to find great music on Zune Music & Video Marketplace and to sync everything in your digital media library to your Zune and Windows Phone devices. By installing this software, you will also be installing up to seven additional components which are needed for the update.
The Zune software functions as management software for the device, a full media player application with a library, an interface to the Zune Marketplace, and as a media streaming server. Zune Software is used to sync with all devices with Zune functionality, including the Zune devices, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Kin. Zune devices work exclusively with the Zune software and Marketplace.
The Zune software organizes the media in its library and allows users to add to the library by ripping from CDs, syncing with a Zune device, and downloading from the Zune Marketplace. The Zune software also allows one to organize song metadata. It can automatically download album art and metadata tag data for content in the library.
On the PC, the Zune software streams files to other PCs, the Xbox 360, and other compatible devices. The Zune software also connects with the Zune social and keeps track of files swapped with other users.
The Zune software runs only on 32-bit Windows XP or 32-bit/64-bit, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is not supported.
Zune Software was succeeded by the Windows Phone App as a desktop sync service for Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 7, Kin, and all previous Zune devices will still use the Zune software, which is still available for download on the Windows Phone website.
- Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- Broadband Internet connection
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