Strategic Tech Slideshow: Microsoft Office 2013: 10 Things CIOs Should KnowBy Don Reisinger | Posted 08-03-2012
Office 365 Tie-In
One of the first things you'll notice about Office 2013 is that it relies heavily upon Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite. Users will be able to share data in the cloud and collaborate, and pricing will even come by way of a subscription model for those who so choose. It's an interesting concept.
Tablets are, of course, a key component in future computing. And Microsoft seems to have keyed into that by announcing that Office 2013 will work with its Windows RT and Windows 8, meaning it'll run on any tablet boasting its operating system.
Although Microsoft has largely ignored the smartphone space with Office, it's doing quite the opposite this time around. The company says that Office functionality will be available on smartphones. That doesn't mean you'll get the full experience, but having the ability to quickly edit and create documents is welcome.
Subscription Model for All?
Microsoft seems to be pushing a new business model with Office that will prompt consumers and enterprise users alike enter into a subscription-based payment scheme. For many companies, it's a better model, especially when budgets are constrained. But is it something you should enter into?
For now, Office 2013 will work only on Windows devices. That doesn't mean Mac support isn't coming -- you can bet on it -- but for now, you'll only find it on devices with the Windows OS.
One of the nice things about Microsoft's strategy is that the company seems committed to streamlining all of its product designs. Office 2013 is no exception. The software comes with a neat new look that combines a high-quality feel with readily available functions.
It's hard to find anything out there that isn't integrating some sort of social function. Office 2013 is no different. The software will come bundled with social features that Microsoft believes will extend its functionality. Will you agree?
Skype Is There
After Microsoft decided to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion, the company made it clear that it would integrate the VoIP solution across its many products. One of those products is Office 2013. Wondering why Skype would be such a fine addition? So are a lot of other people.
No Legacy Support
If you're running Windows XP and/or Windows Vista in the office, bear in mind that Office 2013 will not support those operating systems. Instead, Microsoft will only bring Office 2013 to Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Wondering when you can get your hands on Office 2013? It's expected to be available in the fall to coincide with the launch of Windows 8 on October 26.