On July 16, Microsoft released a free trial of the next version of Office in an edition of “Customer Preview” freely downloaded by anyone (individuals as professionals).
Office Customer Preview comes in several versions of Click-to-Run, which do not reference to the name “Office 2013″. Office 365 Family Premium Preview for use “at home”, Office 365 small Business Office Premium for small business and Office 365 ProPlus for advanced customer.
This new version of Microsoft Office aimed at home users, the default location for saving a document is the cloud–Microsoft’s SkyDrive service. In the next version for business, the default will be to save to SharePoint. Or maybe SkyDrive Pro, a version of the cloud storage service featuring more enterprise controls. Of course, you can still store files to your local machine, or change the settings to make that the default–but Microsoft wants to make that the last choice on the list. SkyDrive, SharePoint, and other web locations for storing your document all come first, because when it’s stored on the web or your business network, it’s easier to share.
These versions are only in English, and require Windows 7 or Windows 8 (for example Windows 8 Preview Release). Office Customer Preview is indeed not compatible with Windows XP or Windows Vista.
365 Premium Family Office Preview contains Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher. The Pro versions contain in addition the “Unified Communication platform” Lync.
In addition, Microsoft offers – discreetly – a version of Office Professional Plus 2013, which itself is not click-to-Run but installable in a conventional manner with an MSI package. Warning: this version does not support installing multiple versions of Office on the same machine! And you need to uninstall an existing version of Office before installing it. To book, therefore, to a test PC.
To download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 Preview, go to the page indicated in the section “Further reading” below. At the bottom of the page, click the Download. Msi package now.....
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