Tuesday January 22, 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 Rumoured to be Launching Soon!

Well we have been waiting in sweet anticipation for Microsoft to announce the official release date of Microsoft Office 2013 with bated breath in the Software4Students office (almost as much as Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong ☺).

What we have heard is that Office 2013 is due to be released in the first quarter of this year so stay tuned for some extra special Microsoft news very soon.......


Microsoft Office 2013…..What’s different?

Microsoft was scheduled for initial release 11th October 2012 when we mere mortals were treated to an Office 2013 preview. We downloaded the preview version when it was released to have a play around with it.

Having adopted the “Metro” look in line with the aesthetics of Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2013 is full of bold colour blocks and white text portraying a clean and sleek look. With 2013 slated to be the year of the tablet, Microsoft have done well re-engineering Office to be compatible with touch technology which will be great for students who work across multiple devices. Also, all your documents will automatically be saved to the cloud, in this case the SkyDrive. Not only will this help boost student’s productivity, you will no longer be able to use the excuse that you forgot your homework!

For a full dissection of Microsoft Office 2013 take a look at our previous blog “Microsoft Office 2013 Student Review” where we give you a peek into what it’s like to use Office 2013.

So we have been wondering, with all the furore over Microsoft’s last released software Windows 8, will Office 2013 bring as much excitement to the software table?! We all love using Microsoft Office, whether it’s using Microsoft Excel to add and subtract or Microsoft Word to pretend we can spell but the big question is – will Microsoft Office 2013 live up to the hype and expectations created from Microsoft Office 2010?!

One thing we are sure of though is that you don’t have to wait for the release of Office 2013 to use Microsoft Office – students can buy Microsoft Office 2010 and upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013 when the new version is available!


Microsoft Office Upgrade Offer

If you don’t want to wait until Microsoft Office 2013 is released to start using Office software, don’t worry you don’t have to!

Buy Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 for only €119.95 and upgrade to use Office 2013 for FREE! You can choose to upgrade to Office 365 Home Premium OR a copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013.

Remember you can also buy Microsoft Office University 2010 for only €99.95 and upgrade to Office 365 University for FREE!

Not sure of the differences between the two versions of Microsoft Office 2010? Click here for our Microsoft Office Comparison Chart.


Want is Microsoft Office 365 for Education?

Microsoft Office 365 for education became available from 27th June 2012 providing the world’s best productivity, communications and collaboration experiences to schools at no cost. Microsoft Office 365 is a great opportunity for schools and students to take advantage of the cloud.

Special features in Microsoft Office365 for Education include:

Classrooms without boundaries: Students can collaborate with their team members on assignments and group projects in real time. Access to Microsoft Office 365 allows students to easily share information with educators and fellow students, view and edit documents in a browser or in Office.

Students can work together on class projects using instant messaging or video chats, regardless of where they are working or what device they are using. They can create documents using Office Web Apps which provide the same functionality as the desktop version of Microsoft Office, share class notes by synchronising OneNote notebooks and create digital portfolios.

Microsoft Office 365 for Education provides anywhere access to essential tools including:

1. Office Web Apps
2. Instant messaging and video chats
3. Email
4. Calendar

Prepare students for the workforce: Microsoft Office365 employs familiar Office tools which connect with the way professionals work today in the real world of business. Users of Microsoft Office 365 who have previous experience of Microsoft Office suite of products will be able to easily navigate the features of Microsoft Office 365. This gives students the head start they need to be prepared for working in a professional environment once they finish their studies.

Privacy and security: Microsoft Office 365 provides peace-of-mind to students by offering extensive privacy features, continuous data back-ups and robust disaster recovery capabilities. These features ensure that your data is secure, private and available to access 24/7. No need to worry about losing that 1,000 word assignment that you forgot to save the final draft.


Here’s what to expect with Office 365:

1. Cloud-based email with unlimited email storage, calendar and contacts
2. Instant messaging, voice and video chat
3. Use of your own domain name
4. Online conferencing and desktop sharing
5. Office Web Apps which will allow web-based viewing and editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files
6. Subscription to Microsoft Office Professional plus 2010 desktop version (for up to 5 devices per user) or Mac Office 2011
7. eDiscovery tools to support your compliance needs
8. Hosted voicemail support

Don’t forget that Software4Students is one of the only approved resellers in Ireland for the Microsoft Select and Academic Programs. This means that you can get desktop versions of Microsoft Office software at great discounted prices whether you are a student, school or charity. In addition to Microsoft, we also offer great value for students, schools and charities with low price discounts on antivirus, animation, music and speech recognition software from brands including Adobe, Kaspersky, Nuance, Corel, Roxio, Nero, Filemaker, Symantec and more.

Click here to contact us if you are a school or charity and make sure you are getting the best deal on all your Microsoft products.

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