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Microsoft Office 2013 First Impressions

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mustang Dave, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. Mustang Dave

    Mustang Dave Legend

    Oct 13, 2006
    Oh dear god what has Microsoft done. The new office versions seems to follow in the footsteps of the Windows 8 debacle. Designed for mobile, horrible on a desktop or laptop.

    The various applications look completely bland and washed out (even when choosing either of the two gray option color schemes). The toolbar options are all in upper case is that even grammatically correct? This looks horrible and I consider this another step back by Microsoft.

    What the heck is going on with this company right now.

    Currently negotating with our software vendor to obtain an open software license agreement with downgrade rights to Office 2010 so we can avoid this version all together.

    Hopefully your experiences and opinions differ. Enjoy.
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    This seems to be a trend.
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    What did you expect? When Micro$oft commits to a boner, they go all the way.

    The unfortunate residue is that we all lose because we're too stupid or lazy to look elsewhere.
  4. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    And that, for the ordinary Joe, you can't easily get the previous version.
  5. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    My company announced yesterday they WILL NOT upgrade to either Windows 8 or Office 2013. Shouldn't matter though, we only buy about 120,000 licenses from MS for each product.
  6. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    LibreOffice looks like a pretty good free alternative to MS Office, at least for a home user.

    There's no counterpart to Outlook, though, and Office macros won't work readily with LibreOffice.
  7. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    open office here.. haven't had any trouble with docs..
  8. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    never work here, deal with to many MS office 2007 and above, tried it in a sandbox environment and it butchered the complex documents and spreadsheets that where created in Office
  9. Mustang Dave

    Mustang Dave Legend

    Oct 13, 2006
    Yep it is official we are avoiding this Office 2013 POS all together. We changed over to an open license agreement with Dell and are using the back date rights to continue to deploy Office 2010. 2013 and Windows 8 are an effed up mess. Please fix this software MS. Ok rant off.
  10. heathramos

    heathramos Legend

    Dec 19, 2005
    I played with Office 2013 some and its usable.

    The only I haven't tested but I'm interested in is connecting Outlook 2013 from a laptop to our Exchange Server using Active Sync.

    If that works well, I can turn off Outlook Anywhere.
  11. Mustang Dave

    Mustang Dave Legend

    Oct 13, 2006
    A typewriter is usable. :) The activesync does not work with Exchange server. Hard to believe I know. It is designed specifically for Microsoft's hosted email services.

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