Lights.. Camera.. Action! Adding videos to your Word documents

Videos are a great way to engage a reader, tell a story, invoke emotion, and communicate effectively. They are found all over the web (news articles, blogs, websites, etc.) and are a great way to enhance documents you send digitally. In the new Word, we added the ability to insert web video directly into your documents, allowing you to create rich, interactive output that pairs your words with video whenever…


Updating layout in Word 2013 while maintaining compatibility

Since the Office Customer Preview was announced a few weeks ago, we’ve talked quite bit about the vision for the product and the new features that you’ll be able to take advantage of when you try it out.  One area that we invested heavily in this release, but has remained under the radar, is our work on the layout engine that Word uses.  When I say “layout”, I’m referring to…

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Bringing touch editing to Office Web Apps on Windows 8 and iOS tablets

The Office Web Apps continue to provide access to your documents anywhere in a variety of popular browsers. Today, we are excited to introduce you to viewing and editing documents in the Office Web Apps on tablets using “Touch”. In this blog post, Program Manage Renu Devi, describes the “touch” experience; the design framework that guided development of making the Office Web Apps touchable and responsive to touch; and the…


Getting hands-on with Word 2013

These days there is a lot of excitement about touch computing. In the past we have had some limited touch support in Word, but this time we went deeper and made some touch specific improvements to make Word shine on Windows 8.  Word is a powerful application that has spent the last few decades being fine-tuned for mouse and keyboard interaction. This release, our goal was to enable the scenarios…


Unlock PDFs with Word 2013

We’ve all received PDF files with content that we wanted to reuse. This means that most of us have been disappointed by the difficulty of getting good content out of a PDF. For example, if you try to copy and paste table rows from a PDF viewer into Word, you frequently end up with a collapsed single line of text.  Most existing PDF viewers, in essence, limit people who use…


Reading in Word 2013

One of the things Word has always excelled at is content authoring, but there’s more to a document than just writing, reviewing and collaborating. Historically, many documents were received and read in a paper form, but the increasing ubiquity of digital devices has led to a world in which many documents never even reach a printer. Word has long had tools tailored for reading, but this release of Word we…


Reading in the new Office

Tristan Davis, Senior Program Manager Lead, Word Nearly two-thirds of user sessions in Word contain no editing at all – the only things that happen once the document is opened are scrolling and zooming changes as the user reads and processes the content. The Word engineering team wanted to focus on creating a refreshed, modern reading experience for the new Word; one that optimized for the times when the user is…


Email stuck in your outbox? Try this.

“What do you mean you didn’t receive it? I sent it last night!” At least you thought you did. Now you’re red-faced in a meeting set up to review the PowerPoint presentation that never made it to your recipients.  You check your Outbox and there it is. If you ever find yourself in this situation, here are some reasons why and some steps you can take.