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    Office 2013. Thoughts?

    I noticed Office 2013 is on MSDN so downloaded and installed.

    So far I actually like it. The colour scheme takes some getting used to but I'm sure it will become normal after a few days use.

    Some highlights for me so far:

    - Smooth selection of text
    - Editing PDF files
    - Outlook bigger buttons for changing the mode
    - Smooth animation when browsing the hierarchy of folders
    - Auto Save to skydrive (would have been amazing if microsoft didnt just remove it from office 365!!)

    So basically its working quite well. Much better job than windows 8.

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    Already posted my thoughts here a couple of weeks ago:

    2013 RTM ISO's available on Technet

    Only thing that has caught my eye since then is that when you reopen a Word document it will offer to scroll you automatically to the point you left off. Which is nice.

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    My only issue is that ITS A BIT SHOUTY! (In regards to the menus)

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    I like the animation when you type text all over the place. Very smooth.

    Also loving the inline replies in outlook 2013. So nice not to have to open new windows.

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    SORRY, WHAT WAS THAT, I COULD'T HEAR YOU OVER THE OFFICE 2013 MENU SYSTEM. YOU'LL HAVE TO SPEAK UP

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I like the animation when you type text all over the place. Very smooth.

    Also loving the inline replies in outlook 2013. So nice not to have to open new windows.
    Yes this for me is great it also lets me see all the emails I have startted to reply to and got sidetracked with as it tags them with [DRAFT] rather than just dumping them into the drafts folder.

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    I like it so far. I like the image search function that can go straight to bing for image search.

    I'm not so keen on the save as dialog, might take some getting used to. It currently defaults to skydrive which I'm sure you'd be able to change, maybe via GPO.

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    Its not bad... I like the idea of when I open a document I get all the different types & templates to choose from!

    Overall it's not bad, I'd rather use that than Windows 8.

    I now have 59 days for my trial

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    I'm not so keen on the save as dialog, might take some getting used to. It currently defaults to skydrive which I'm sure you'd be able to change, maybe via GPO.
    From my testing, it only seems to do that if you are already signed in to SkyDrive - if you aren't, it defaults to Computer.

    You can also force it to save to Computer by default using this option:

    Save to Computer by default.png

    This isn't in the Group Policy templates for Office 2013, because they only put useless cruft in the GPO templates instead of anything we might actually want to change. However, it is a simple per-user registry option:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\C ommon\General
    REG_DWORD:PreferCloudSaveLocations

    Set this to 0 to default to saving to the local computer, or 1 to default to SkyDrive (if signed in).

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    I presumed you'd be able to change it. I am signed into skydrive (through win8).

    Thanks,

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    its just 2010 with a skin on it as far as I can tell. I don't dislike it particularly, but I think it looks a bit amateurish, and it's difficult to see on a older LCD monitor.

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    PowerPoint is very good. I like how you can now have on your presenter screen what slide is coming next and any notes you have written for the slide you are on. It also allows you to open things up without having to exit your presentation. Much better than 2010. I am a little unsure about Outlook but may feel differently once I have been using it for a bit.

    PowerPoint 2013 Preview - Presentation software and services

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    can anyone answer this yet?

    What I'd like to know more about wrt office is its reported ability to save in ODF 1.2 and OOXML strict.
    Is OOXML strict the default? can you make strict the default ? what about old documents, does it save them in OOXML strict?
    It has important implications given recent govt strategy:
    http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/site...ples-FINAL.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by aleach2 View Post
    PowerPoint is very good. I like how you can now have on your presenter screen what slide is coming next and any notes you have written for the slide you are on.
    I hate to break it to you, but that's been in Office for a decade. It's definitely had improvements, but it was in previous versions. (source)

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    can anyone answer this yet? (OOXML)
    Strict is not the default, but you can set it to be. These are the options you can set as the default in Word (via Options > Save):



    You can set any of these as the default by GPO. A similar list is available for Excel and PowerPoint.

    There do not appear to be any options regarding strict mode when you modify existing documents.
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    Thanks, that should make interoperability a bit smoother.

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    There do not appear to be any options regarding strict mode when you modify existing documents.

    I guess thats their get-out clause.
    Last edited by CyberNerd; 20th November 2012 at 11:32 AM.

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