Strategic Tech Slideshow: Microsoft Office 2013: 10 Things CIOs Should Know

By 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.

Office 365 Tie-In

Tablets, Anyone?

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.

Tablets, Anyone?

Smartphones, Too

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.

Smartphones, Too

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?

Subscription Model for All?

Just Windows

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.

Just Windows

Streamlined Look

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.

Streamlined Look

Social Integration

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?

Social Integration

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.

Skype Is There

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.

No Legacy Support

Fall Launch

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.

Fall Launch