Preview of Office 2013 Public Preview

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Yesterday, Microsoft released the Office 2013 Public Preview. Now for the first time, the average consumer (ie us) will be able to test out a pre-release version of the Office suites to come.

I downloaded the Office Professional Plus 2013 Public Preview (x86) version throught Technet, and will provide some screenshots from some of the applications to give you an impression of what’s coming.

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image Installation process

After executing the installation file, you are given the choice of upgrade or fresh install. I chose to upgrade my existing Office 2010 suite. When the installation was finished I was greeted with this box;

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In this box I of course selected to Sign in;

 

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Here I was given the choice between a personal or organizational account

 

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Up came this not so very pretty dialogue which mixes new Metro style, with the old-fashioned Windows Live ID sign on UI.

 

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I was then greeted by Office 2013 Public Preview, and was asked how I would like Office to look. I chose Calligraphy, which aligns with the corresponding theme in Windows 8 Release Preview

 

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Then I was given some information on the direct link between the new Office suites and the Microsoft Skydrive cloud-service

 

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After that bit of info, you are given the choice of taking a look into what is new in Office 2013 Public Preview

 

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The information on what is new is given as a PowerPoint 2013 presentation

 

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First some information on the link between your Microsoft account (former Windows Live ID) and Office

 

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Then some more of the same information on the link between Skydrive and Office

 

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According to this brief intro by Microsoft that is pretty much it. Or is it really? Lets see!

 

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image Outlook 2013

I started up Outlook 2013 as the first application, since it is this one, alongside Word that I use the most.

 

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As is easily seen, Outlook has also gotten the Metro style look and feel. Although still fairly easy to recognize from the previous version

 

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The Account information view

 

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The Office Account view from where you can activate your account, as well as view connected accounts.

 

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After entering the product key, my desktop computer was added to my account

 

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The Outlook options dialogue revealed an old-fashioned IU-style dialogue box – I presume this will be changed before the final release.

 

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The Ribbon; Home tab view in Outlook 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Send/receive tab view in Outlook 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Folder tab view in Outlook 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; The View tab view in Outlook 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Calendar, monthly view

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The People view (formerly Contacts, now named People, aligning it with Windows 8 and Windows Phone)

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The Task view

 

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The Notes view

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And finally the Folder view

 

image Word 2013

 

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When you open Word you will see this screen

 

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The Info screen in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The New screen in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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And this is what a blank document looks like in Word 2013 Public Preview.

 

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The Ribbon; Home tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Insert tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Design tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Page layout tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; References tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Mailings tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Review tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; View tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Format picture tab view in Word 2013 Public Preview

 

 

image PowerPoint 2013

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When you open PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview you are greeted with this dialogue

 

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The standard layout with the Home tab Ribbon view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Home tab view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Insert tab view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Design tab view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Transitions tab view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Animations tab view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Slide show tab view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Review tab view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; View tab view in PowerPoint 2013 Public Preview

 

 

image Excel 2013

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When you open Excel 2013 Public Preview you are greeted with this dialogue

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The standard layout with the Home tab Ribbon view in Excel 2013 Public Preview

 

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When selecting File – Open you are presented with this view. The Skydrive integration is easily seen

 

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The same goes for the File – Save as screen.

 

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And this is how the File – Print screen now looks

 

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The File – Share screen looks like this

 

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And the File – Export screen gives you these options. As promised you are now able to create .pdf documents directly within the Office 2013 suite of applications

 

 

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The Ribbon; Home tab view in Excel 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Insert tab view in Excel 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Page layout tab view in Excel 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Formulas tab view in Excel 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Data tab view in Excel 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; Review tab view in Excel 2013 Public Preview

 

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The Ribbon; View tab view in Excel 2013 Public Preview

 

 

image OneNote 2013

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When you open OneNote 2013 Public Preview you are greeted with this dialogue

 

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When selecting File – Info you are presented with this view

 

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When selecting File – New you are presented with this view.

 

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In the standard layout view the ribbon is by default hidden

 

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But once you click on for instance, the Home tab, the Home Ribbon slides down

 

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The OneNote 2013 Public Preview Ribbon; Insert tab.

 

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The OneNote 2013 Public Preview Ribbon; Draw tab.

 

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The OneNote 2013 Public Preview Ribbon; History tab.

 

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The OneNote 2013 Public Preview Ribbon; Review tab.

 

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The OneNote 2013 Public Preview Ribbon; View tab.

 

image Microsoft Publisher 2013

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When you open Microsoft Publisher 2013 Public Preview File – New you are greeted with this dialogue

 

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The Standard layout of the Microsoft Publisher 2013 Public Preview.

 

That was a quick look through some of the applications in the Office 2013 Public Preview. In the Professional Plus suite that I downloaded these additional applications can be found;

image Access 2013, image InfoPath Designer 2013, image InfoPath Filler 2013, image Lync 2013

 

I will be using the Office 2013 Public Preview going forward, and will keep you posted on my impressions and views on it. Want to give it a try yourself? You can download the Public Preview from here. Good luck, and please tell me what you think in the comments below.

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