Microsoft Office 2013 Preview made available to Download for Free Trial

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(Best Syndication News) - Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) unveiled a preview of Microsoft Office 365. The upcoming release of Microsoft Office will integrate new social features, such as note taking, meetings, and communication. Microsoft has made the preview available to download to try for free before it is released. The catch is that the preview version of Office only works on Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft Office has improved functionality with input devices such as with a touch screen, a stylus, mouse, or a keyboard. The touch screens of tablets will benefit from the latest version of Microsoft Office. The new software will allow for a swipe of the finger to move inside an opened Office file. By doing a pinch motion, it will zoom in or zoom out, which could come in handy for a presentation.

The stylus support will let a person handwrite email. The handwritten text can be converted automatically to text. The stylus can double as a laser pointer when doing a presentation.

OneNote and Lync are new for Microsoft Office. The new programs are Windows 8 styled.

Windows RT will include Office Home and Student 2013 RT editions. ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including the Microsoft Surface, will have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote installed on it.

The social networking aspect of the new software suite will include Skype, and Yammer connections available inside of the program. Of course, Microsoft is also going to offer a cloud service that will store documents to make it easy to access documents and files from different devices or for multiple users. Microsoft will offer the cloud service with a subscription.

Microsoft offered an in-depth overview of the upcoming release at http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview. To get download the free trial of Office 365 visit http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en/try-office-preview.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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