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The new Office 365 subscriptions for consumers and small businesses

On July 16th, we unveiled the new Office, a cloud service that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard on new Windows devices – from PCs to tablets. With this release, we’re modernizing Office, and an important part of that is the introduction of new subscriptions. Subscriptions open a host of possibilities, and subscribing to Office 365 will be the best choice for many – especially families, people with…

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Building Office for Windows RT

Earlier this year, Steven Sinofsky announced Windows support for ARM processors (Windows on ARM or WOA). His post on the Building Windows 8 blog included the following news about Office. In the months since that announcement, there has been a great deal of speculation about what we are delivering. David Brodsky, Partner Test Manager and Josh Pollock, Principal Development Manager join Office Next to walk you through what Office for…


Introducing spreadsheet controls in the new Office

We have 5 brand new Excel, Web Excel and SharePoint features to introduce to you in Office 2013, all designed to help you manage the use of spreadsheets and Access databases. I’ll tell you about each of them in more detail, but the names really speak for themselves: · Audit and Control Management Server · Discovery and Risk Assessment · Spreadsheet Inquire · Spreadsheet Compare · Database Compare


10 Things You’ll Never Have to Say Again

Since downloading the new Office Customer Preview, you’ve likely updated your vocabulary to match the new things you’re doing–moving documents from USB drives into the cloud or using a stylus that never runs out of ink. In honor of saying goodbye to, “I wish I could use content from this PDF,” and hello to opening PDF files as familiar Word documents, we’ve put together a PowerPoint slideshow to celebrate just…


Charting Overview for the new Microsoft Office

With the Office 2013 release, the Office DataViz team is proud to deliver a rich set of charting capabilities across Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Project. In fact, because there are so many features, this article will only be an overview. Subsequent articles will go into the specific use cases and steps for each of them. I’ve been working on Excel charting since the Office 2007 release, when we replaced the…

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Click-to-Run and Office on Demand

If you’ve downloaded the new Office Customer Preview, then you probably noticed that your installation experience is quite a bit different than in any previous version of Office. These changes aren’t just cosmetic, they’re part of our strategy to bring the rich Office applications that you know and love into the future as an integrated part of our Software + Services offering. In this post I want to talk about…


Feral Cats: Managing Access databases in your organization

It’s every IT manager’s worst nightmare: thousands of Access databases are running wild in your organization and you don’t know how to manage them. One CTO described compared the situation to feral cats wreaking havoc. Fortunately, Access 2013 features some great improvements that will increase the manageability of your desktop databases. Plus, moving forward, you’ll be able to take advantage of Access 2013 Web Apps, which take manageability to a…