Microsoft Office 2013 provides a number of advances over the older versions, but users who have used Office for years may not realise what these cool new features are. At the launch of Office 365 Personal in Singapore, where pricing was announced (S$89 a year), Elsie Chong, Marketing Manager, PC Category, Consumer and Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore, introduced her favourites:
PDF Reflow: Word 2013 will open PDF
documents as if they are Word documents, preserving the formatting as
far as possible while making the text editable. The edited document can
be saved as a PDF, or as a Word file.
Excel 2013 has a function called 'Flash
Fill' that instantly understands what is being abstracted from existing
data, and automatically fills up the rest of the row or column with the
appropriate data. In this example, Chong typed in 'Andrew' and the
software filled in the rest immediately.
Powerpoint 2013 has a mini dashboard feature which is officially called the Presenter
View. This is an all-in-one screen that allows presenters to manage
everything they need while giving a presentation, including skipping
slides without the audience realising it, reading speakers' notes in
extra large print, and switching displays.
As with Word and PDFs, the new Office
for iPad also preserves the formatting seen in documents created on
other devices, Chong said. "It was built from scratch, and optimised for
touch," she said. In particular, the transitions between Powerpoint
slides work as they should, she added.
cloud-based Office 365 will always enable the latest versions of Office
for subscribers' use, allowing them to enjoy the features as Chong has