The Consumer Preview of the Microsoft Office 2013 (also known as Office 2013 with a codename Office 15) has been released and is now available to public. The easiest way to download them is to go to the Try Office Preview page and choose any of the four versions that has been released for testing purpose.
The main focus of the Office 2013 was to work smoothly with Windows 8 although it will also work in the Windows 7 series OS. But sadly Office 2013 will not be compatible with XP and Vista. Office 2013 will also be touch screen friendly interface that would also allow users to use stylus to create documents and other content.
The four different versions of Office for testing are:
- Office 365 Home Premium
- Office 365 Small Business
- Office 365 ProPlus
- Office 365 Enterprise Preview
In case if you are looking to download the Office 365 Home Premium, you need to have a Windows Live accoun to sign-in in order to download it. In the dashboard, you will be presented with the download options along with the one that includes switching over to 64-bit version of Office and change the language.
- Computer and processor: 1 Ghz or greater x86/x64 Processor with SSE2 instruction set
- Memory: 1 GB RAM (32 Bit) /2 GB RAM (64 Bit)
- Hard disk: 3.5 GB free disk space
- Operating System: Windows 7 or newer [32-bit or 64-bit]; Windows 2008R2 or newer with .Net 3.5 or greater. It isn’t possible to install on a PC running Windows XP or Vista. To run it on Windows 8 you must be having the Release Preview version or higher
- Graphics: Graphics hardware
The three new features included in the Office 365 are Windows 8, the Cloud and Social.
Microsoft has optimized Office 365 specially for Windows 8 and the new unique way of interacting with the OS. Here are the highlights of the new interface for the users of Office 2013:
Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.
Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.
New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.