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What's New in the Office 2013 Productivity Suite, and Should You Move to It?

Published: 06 March 2013

ID: G00247712

Analyst(s): Guy Creese


The Office 2013 productivity suite sports a new, mobile-friendly interface, leverages the cloud to install software, and integrates with non-Microsoft services. Ultimately, it offers significant benefits for IT, but minimal benefits for users not running Windows-based tablets.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings



  • What's New in the Office 2013 Productivity Suite?
    • For Users: Changes to the Office Suite and Applications
    • For Administrators: Changes to Delivery, Monitoring, Licensing and Pricing
    • For Developers: Changes to the Development Model
  • What's Missing in the Office 2013 Productivity Suite?
    • Availability and Functionality on Non-Microsoft Mobile Platforms Is Spotty
    • Apps for Office Is Not Supported in the Full Suite
    • Licensing Needs to Continually Adjust to the Way People Work
  • The Office 2013 Productivity Suite: Its Impact on Different Audiences
    • Users
    • Administrators
    • Developers
  • If Still Running Office 2003, Move to Office 2007, 2010 or 2013
  • If Office 2007 or 2010 Is Sufficient and Paid For, Don't Move to Office 2013
  • Move to Office 2013 for Employees Using Windows-Based Touchscreens
  • Move to Office 365 ProPlus to Streamline Upgrading
  • Move to Office 2013 to Get a Standards-Based Office Development Model

The Details

  • New Office 2013 Application Features
    • New Access 2013 Features
    • New Excel 2013 Features
    • New InfoPath 2013 Features
    • New Lync 2013 Features
    • New OneNote 2013 Features
    • New Outlook 2013 Features
    • New PowerPoint 2013 Features
    • New Publisher 2013 Features
    • New Word 2013 Features
    • New Office Web Apps Capabilities
  • Features and Products Removed in Office 2013
  • Where to Find Information About Office 2013 on

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