New features in Office 2013

With MS Office 2013 scheduled for general release in the first half of next year, it's useful to look at some new features. First of all, the look of the whole suite gets a makeover to align it stylistically and functionally with Windows 8. That includes new color-coded start screens and touchscreen functionality, although according to Helen Bradley in October's PC World, the touch interface works better on tablets than on large touchscreen monitors.

High points of the new version include:

  • Sync across devices, including PCs, tablets, webapps
  • Designed for cloud storage with SharePoint and SkyDrive
  • PDF files now editable in Word(!)
  • New task panes for PowerPoint improve object editing
  • Excel charting now gets Recommended Charts, which will prompt you to create the most suitable chart for your data

This information was taken from the above mentioned article at