Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jul 2012 22:24 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft has released a consumer preview for Office 2013. Highlighting the age-old internal tug-of-war between the Office and Windows divisions within Microsoft, it's just a desktop application, no Metro, and the only nod to that whole touch/tablet-thing is a special mode that does very little. So, Windows 8 is just around the corner, and still not a single serious Metro application. Not even Microsoft's own flagship suite - heck, not even a single application within that suite - could be adapted to Metro in time. Serious vote of confidence from the Office division there.
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Um, it's been known for months
by MollyC on Mon 16th Jul 2012 22:38 UTC
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that Office would be a desktop app. You act like this is new information.

Incidentally, there is new information, information that is contrary to what you wrote, which is that OneNote will have both desktop and metro versions.

BTW, MS Dynamics is a serious business app and there will be a metro version of that.

That said, you're right that metro is geard to consumption rather than production: and guess what - 90% of computer use is consumption. Those that need production can use the desktop environment if needed.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

OneNote will have both desktop and metro versions.

Yes. But it's far from the full OneNote. It's basically My First OneNote.

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MollyC Member since:

I confess that I don't use OneNote enough to know how powerful the metro version is versus the desktop one. I'll take your word for it that the metro one is less powerful, but I'll say that I watched Microsoft's today's live demo of the metro version today and it's a very good app with some new features and innovative UI like the "radial menu". Consumers will like the metro version a lot; they'll like it more than the desktop version, IMO.

And its exsitence still disproves your comment saying that there are no metro Office apps.

I'm glad that I watched the live demo because the writings that I've seen totally miss the mark regarding Office 2013. Office 2013 looks great to me, but today's tech writers are so jaded and/or know nothing about Office except on a very cursory level, that they don't do it justice.

Back in MY day (I'm 153 years old :p), whenever a new version of a productivity app was released (by Microsoft, WordPerfect, Lotus, Borland, Ashton Tate, IBM, Harvard Graphics, Ventura, Adobe, Quark, etc), there would be reviews that appeared in publications like PC World, Mac World, Mac User, PC Magazine, etc, which would go into great detail about all the new features, and how they stacked up to competing products. Those reviews were written by people that actually knew something about the product. Today it seems that reviews/previews are written by "gadget" enthusiasts and "Web 2.0" (remember that lame term? lol) enthusiasts, and they are not qualified to review such products in any way, shape, or form. And it's shown in their writings, which miss entire areas of new functionality, miss entire areas of scenarios of usage.

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tanzam75 Member since:

Yes. But it's far from the full OneNote. It's basically My First OneNote.

While OneNote MX is certainly stripped-down from OneNote desktop, didn't you just run another article a few days ago complaining that Metro apps were worse than the equivalent Windows Phone apps?

This is one app that does not have that problem. OneNote MX is a lot better than OneNote for WinPhone. You can edit tables with it, preserve the URL when you copy-paste from IE, move containers around -- and most importantly -- has stylus support for taking ink annotations.

These are features that don't exist on Windows Phone, but do exist on desktop OneNote. And OneNote MX also feels faster than OneNote for WinPhone -- I don't think it's actually faster, it just feels faster because it doesn't have those idiotic animations slowing you down.

In other words, the tablet version of OneNote is somewhere in-between desktop and phone in terms of functionality. Which is roughly what you'd expect, isn't it?

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edwdig Member since:

Yes. But it's far from the full OneNote. It's basically My First OneNote.

Did you expect otherwise? Every other Metro app MS has made has been really stripped down compared to its desktop equivalents.

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