Microsoft Counting on Office 2013 to Retain Enterprise App Dominance
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Cloud-focused Office 2013 is a critical component in Microsoft's effort to fend off incursions by Apple and Google into its core enterprise market.When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduced the next version of the companys ubiquitous business application suite, Microsoft Office 2013, you wouldnt know that a stand-alone version of Microsoft Office would even exist. The whole presentation was about the glories of the cloud-centric products, and how they could be used in concert on multiple devices. The cloud-centric features are impressive indeed. For example, Office 2013 is designed to save documents to the companys SkyDrive cloud storage service by default. You can work on a Word document or another application, such as a slide show for example, and when you close the document on one device and open it in another, youll be in the same spot, regardless of the device. Office 2013 is designed for use on large and small screens, on desktop or portable devices, and in a variety of environments, including on cell phones. Oh, and there is a stand-alone version of Microsoft Office just in case living in the cloud doesnt work for you.
Perhaps equally important, the new version of Office is fully touch-enabled. When you use the software in a touch-screen environment, the menus and icons change subtly to allow the fat-fingered among us (me, for example) to use the product successfully. This is important, because Office 2013 is going to be included on the Windows RT version of the Surface tablet when its released in October.