Microsoft will eventually offer Office in three configurations and is going ahead with the launch despite the fact its high-end configuration will not be available until Virtual PC 7 is ready later this year. Office Office comes with many innovative, useful features across the suite of applications -- and some of the new features, like the Cube transition in PowerPoint, will be very familiar to Keynote users.
Other new features will bring a higher level of organization to Office users. The reports detail issues that may be problematic on another platform or with older versions of Office, giving users the option of fixing them or ignoring the problems.
Office now supports long file names, doing away with the 31 character limit of previous versions. With Unicode support, Office also now supports input and display of more than 30 languages. Available from all four Office applications, the Scrapbook allows storage, advanced searching and direct input into a document.
Through cut and paste or drag-and-drop, the Scrapbook offers access to often-used information, including text, logos and pictures. Word [ Further reading: New to this version are translucent palettes that allow the user to see documents or the desktop behind the palette when it's not in use. Moving your mouse over the palette brings it back, removing the translucency.
Designed to look like a ruled notebook, the new Notebook Layout View not only allows users to take notes and search and flag information, but but allows them to record audio directly in a Word document. A new Toolbox Palette combines many of the tools from previous versions of Word into one window. Copying and pasting text from documents always left users selecting the pasted text and reformatting.
Entourage Among the new features in Entourage, users will notice three things: Project Center allows users to view e-mails, files, contacts, meetings and tasks related to a particular project all in one place. Users can set up a project and define criteria for the information they want to include in each project through a setup wizard and then view each project separately.
Information or criteria for a project can be added or deleted at any time without deleting the actual email message or file -- Entourage simple points to each file, but doesn't copy the file to the project. While Microsoft has revamped its Junk Mail filter in Office , the filtering system doesn't learn users habits based on the types of e-mail they receive. Learning spam filters usually include some type of Bayesian filters, but Microsoft opted for rules based approach for Entourage.
Entourage spam filtering is still rules based -- the key is that people need a better way to keep unwanted e-mail out of their inbox and Microsoft as a company is really focusing on that. The Page Layout View takes away one frustration for many spreadsheet users that print their data: The new view allows users to manipulate data in the spreadsheet exactly as it will be seen on paper, including margins, headers, footers and page layout.
While many people use Excel to work with large sets of data and equations, charts are also a feature that are used heavily in spreadsheets. Excel contains several new charting tools that will make the process of creating charts and graphs much easier.
Much the same as Word, Excel features smart buttons that allow users to manipulate how pasted text appears in the spreadsheet, AutoFill buttons can be adjusted to change how cells are filled and Error Reporting buttons identify and explain potential formula errors. PowerPoint Compared to changes in the other applications found in Office , Microsoft's presentation application, PowerPoint, has gone through mostly cosmetic changes.
PowerPoint has more than new design templates, as well as new animations and transitions, bringing the same types of effects to the program that Keynote users are used to seeing.
Microsoft has also updated the ClipArt gallery and improved font formatting, adding transparency and sliding size control. PowerPoint Presenter Tools have an on-screen clock, notes pane and thumbnails of the entire presentation -- all viewable only by the presenter. X, a demo of the application that expires days after it's first launched. The latest demo shows users the compatibility report and how to share ideas using Office All three configurations require Mac OS X Upgrades are available to licensed users of Office v.
X, Office , Office 98 or any of the individual applications in these product suites, including promotional bundles. Pro Version not available Microsoft confirmed last week that Virtual PC would not ship as planned, delaying the pro version of Office, as well.
While Microsoft sees a longer ramp-up for sales than anticipated because of the delay of the pro version, which includes Virtual PC 7, it doesn't feel the delay will hurt sales in the long run. We will see a lag while people wait, but there is a huge group of people that will still buy the Standard and Student and Teacher Edition.
Virtual PC would fill the gap. With the release of Office Professional, Wilcox believes Apple has a better chance to make inroads into a business environment that may be ready to take a look at alternatives. Companies sometimes run Unix workstations for high-end design, computations or creative contention but keep a Windows machine around for Office.
Apple can offer these businesses computers with the power of Unix, the user-friendliness of the Mac and Microsoft Office.
I am buying a new laptop and need to use Outlook. ML Gomes Microsoft usually brings out new versions of Office to match new versions of Windows, and Windows 8 is no exception. The new Office is designed to work with Windows 8, and both have a similar modern styling that puts the emphasis on your content rather than Microsoft's software.
Also, both are designed to work with cloud online services, particularly Microsoft's SkyDrive. However, other things have changed now that Microsoft is not a software company but a cloud-based "devices and services company". As chief executive Steve Ballmer said last year, this "impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses.
Under the new system, you buy a Product Key, which is 25 alphanumeric characters long. Entering the code online enables you to download your copy of Office, or activate a free trial version pre-installed on your new PC. Free Office web apps The good news is that under the new system, most home users don't need to pay anything for Microsoft Office: Sign up for an email address at Outlook. Log on, click SkyDrive, and you can create and edit files in the four main Office programs: Office files are now saved to SkyDrive by default, but you can download them to a local PC, or to multiple devices, or share them with other people.
The Office web apps do not have all the features of the full Office programs, but unless you're running a business, they have enough features for most purposes. They are better than Google's offerings, and — probably more important — they don't mangle complex Office files. This provides the four core programs — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote — for non-commercial use, but not Outlook, which is a business program. You don't need Outlook for email because you can use Outlook. Office service All of these versions will last forever.
However, Microsoft would much rather you didn't buy them, but rented its Office service. It will therefore offer you a free trial of Office , which comes in different versions for home users one to five devices , small businesses one to 10 employees , mid-sized businesses employees and enterprises. Steve Ballmer unveils the latest version of Microsoft Office in It is compatible with Internet Explorer 9 and 10, and uses DirectX 10 for fast graphics. Office Home Premium provides all the programs in Microsoft Office Professional , but has a few other advantages as well.
First, you can use it on five separate devices, so you can register it on a desktop, a couple of laptops, a tablet and even a Mac except for OneNote. Second, it includes an extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage. Third, if you are away from your PC, you can use Office on Demand, which "streams" the program online, without installing it. Fourth, all the Office files are automatically kept up to date, so you never have to buy another copy of Office.
Office also includes 60 minutes of Skype calls each month to phones in more than 40 countries, as well as unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls. Microsoft now owns Skype. This is good for one user on two PCs, so you can use the same disc to install Office on your desktop and your laptop. Avoid the keycard versions, which are only good for one user on one PC. Office is not much different from Office , except for SkyDrive integration and changes to cater for touch screens, such as spacing out icons.
You can still use SkyDrive and Outlook. Incidentally, don't pay too much attention to online hostility to Office , which has tended to be misguided if not deranged. Office came in for a lot of stick when Microsoft said it was locked to a single PC. This mightily offended people who hadn't been offended by the same problem on PKC versions of Office , because they could buy it on DVD.
Either way, Microsoft capitulated and the new rule says: If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the "licensed computer. Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.
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