In January, Microsoft released Office 2013, the latest version of their productivity suite that includes the familiar Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs. The Office apps have plenty of new features (for example, Word’s “read mode” for easier document viewing and PowerPoint’s new slide zoom to use while presenting). However, the biggest change is taken from Adobe’s playbook: integration with SkyDrive storage and Office 365, a subscription model for purchasing the software.
As with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, this service allows you to rent the apps on a monthly or yearly basis, ensuring that you always have the most up-to-date version available. With Office 365, you can even sync documents between machines and stream a full version of any Office program to an Internet-connected PC, so you can get your work done away from home.
No Mac version of Office 2013 is yet available, but Mac owners can use Office 365 to purchase a subscription to Office for Mac 2011, which is the latest OS X version.
Suite pricing starts at $140 for the Home & Student edition (single license only); the subscriptions for Office 365 start at $10/month or $100/year for home users (up to five PCs or Macs).
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Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.