With this week's release of the customer preview of Office 2013, Microsoft leaves no doubt about its vision of a world filled with web-connected tablets running Windows 8 and collaboration on documents created with Office 365 and 2013 and stored on SkyDrive. The new productivity suite is widely rumored to be set for release early next year.
Microsoft sent the CRN Test Center an Intel Core i5-based Samsung Series 7 Slate with 64-bit Windows 8, the latest preview of Office 365 and the credentials for downloading the customer preview of Office 2013, which includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Lync, Project and Visio.
Only the Lync and OneNote betas were developed in Metro style; the others run in Windows 8's desktop mode. Still, the apps deliver a consistent interface that has enhanced touch capabilities, tablet-specific controls and integrated Internet-based storage and social networks.
Here's a closer look at the major modules.
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