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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bassbeast
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2007-11-11

Question: What features do you think is worth the $200 or whatever the cost is there to upgrade? What can this Office do that is worth the amount of cash it will cost you?

The reason I ask is that I've stayed with office 2K on my netbook and 2K7 on my desktop simply because those MSFT liceneses are a sunk cost and I've seen nothing in the newer versions that would be worth the upgrade cost for me. Heck if I wouldn't have won that copy of Office 2K7 at a technet awhile back I'd probably still be using 2K3 at home!

So for myself and talking with my business customers most see nothing there that would be worth the upgrade costs. Most of my business customers are on 2K3 or 2K7 and are quite happy with what they have and in a dead economy an expensive piece of software has to show clear advantages over previous versions and I just don't see anything that would qualify as the "killer app" over say 2K7. Heck with the conversion pack I can open the newer formats just fine in Office 2K so even with a version that old I haven't seen a truly compelling reason, at least for me, to switch and I'd like to hear what you'd think is worth it in this release.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Does the grammar checker improve over time? I mean, I think they were quite horrible, last time I heard - so there's presumably plenty of room of improvement.

Might be useful at least as a foreign language writing aid, a scenario which possibly covers most people writing in EN ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?527180 - see, he could use it some ...what does that post even say?)

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