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.