Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the reasons to switch, part of Migrating from Office 2007 to Office 2013.
The truth is if you're using Office 2007 and you like it and it's doing everything you need it to do, you really don't have to upgrade to Office 2013. No one's gonna force you. Now switching to Office 2013 is by no means mandatory, but Office 2013 is a solid upgrade. To help you decide whether to make the switch or not, here are some things you should know about Office 2013. First of all, it's been redesigned to integrate better with the Cloud. With one drive, previously known as SkyDrive, you can save your files to the Cloud with greater ease so you can access them from any device anywhere where you have a connection to the internet.
Security's been improved as well. Preview mode, for example, has been improved to protect better against exploits and blocking network access until the user deems a file safe. Also, a new file encryption method is going to help administrators with decrypting Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files that have been password protected and the passwords have been lost. If you use tablets and other touch devices, you'll find Office 2013 works extremely well in touch mode and can be switched back to mouse mode in a snap.
The interface in all the apps has been cleaned up and simplified so you can focus on your work without being distracted by colors and animations in your user interface. At the same time, it will feel familiar and simple to use without too much of a learning curve to pick up the changes. Now Word users will love the new ability to not only open up PDF files but to edit them and save them as well. And it's easier than ever to insert pictures and video into documents, presentations, or spreadsheets with plenty of powerful editing features built right in.
Excel gets its share of improvements too like intelligent new features for flash filling data into columns, getting chart recommendations, and access to more cool charting customization options. Outlook gets its fair share of enhancements too like the new peeks that allow you to view calendar, contacts, and tasks all from one screen without having to switch out of one for the other. And I also like how I can reply to messages from the reading pane without opening the email message and keep track of contacts with greater ease thanks to People Cards.
In PowerPoint, the presenter view has never been better with new features to enhance your experience when delivering your presentation and dazzle your audiences. Designing your presentation gets better and easier too with new smart guides and an eyedropper tool and you can even save your presentations to .mp4 video files now. Of course, there are other apps in the Suite that also get these interface improvements, visual enhancements, and plenty of new features, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Project, Visio, and even Lync have all become more powerful and yet easy to use.
So these are the things to consider when deciding whether to upgrade from Office 2007 to 2013. If none of these new or enhanced features and functions interest you, you're probably going to be fine staying put with Office 2007. But if you feel like you've been waiting for any or all of these items listed here, you're probably ready to take the plunge. But there's no need to decide right now. Stay with me as we look at the changes in the upcoming movies. You might have a better idea by the end if you're ready to upgrade or not.
- Understanding user interface differences
- Exploring the Office web apps
- Working in compatibility mode
- Exploring Word document changes
- Creating macro-enabled workbooks and templates
- Managing files in a mixed environment
- Importing Outlook contacts, email, and calendars