Microsoft Philippines contacted me a couple of weeks back and asked if I could try out the new Office 2013. They also gave me an HTC Windows Phone 7 and said I can give it away to readers.
Last week Office 2013 reached RTM Milestone. That means copies of Office 2013 is now being readied for distribution. Microsoft has also announced that customers who bought Office 2010 starting today will be getting Office 2013 for free.
I tried the preview copy of Office 2013 and even shared copies to people so they can try it out. One of the more frequent feedback I get from other folks is that the new Office is much faster than 2010 (and I would certainly agree).
While we still don’t have any touch-capable laptop to use with Office 2013, I’m pretty interested to see how it works from that perspective (I’ve actually pre-reserved two units of touch-screen laptops from Asus that my contributors can use).
The new applications that came with Office 2013 are OneNote and Lync. OneNote’s UI even relies heavily on a touch-screen menu.
I’ve also been a heavy user of Mozilla Thunderbird for many years but after trying out Outlook 2013, I’m not going back to Thunderbird again.
Anyway, I think you have to download and try out Office 2013 to really appreciate it. Go download a copy of MS Office 2013 here.
Now for the giveaway, we’re raffling of an HTC Radar Windows Phone 7.5 to readers here who tried out Office 2013.
Just leave a comment which of the features of the new Office 2013 you liked the best. Just include a screenshot or a photo of your PC running Office 2013.
We’ll randomly pick the winner on October 24 (I’ll be in SG to cover the launch of Windows 8 but I’ll try to squeeze in the announcement).