Excel 2013 preview: New online and control tools

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The wraps are coming off the new version of Microsoft Office, with the expected release date signified by its name, Office 2013.

[NB: A truncated version of this item was accidentally published on Friday 21 Sept. The full article has now been reinstated. Our apologies to those frustrated by the mistake last week. Ed]

The roll-out has reached the stage where general users are being invited to try out the new tools in a Customer Preview available via a subscription to Microsoft’s online Office 365 service. The trial is free for 30 days, but then kicks in with a fee of £4 a month for each user.

Microsoft’s suggested pricing for business will be based on annual subsriptions for using Office 2013 on up to five devices. If you are suspicious about the sub...

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27th Sep 2012 13:34

I tried the link and registered myself on trial bases, but when I try to download the software, there was a problem with compatibility issue with 64-bit. I did not go further than that. I have excel 2010 and window 7.

The real and critical question is: is this version the real deal? Is it the same as the desktop -full version, or as before it has limited functionality? If it has limited functionality, I do not think it is going to appeal to many users

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28th Sep 2012 09:07

It works on 64 bit

I have windows 7 x64 on desktop and laptop.I am using the preview on bitb, perfectly well. Priorto this i used office 2007 and had installed but removed the office 2010 preview. The system downloads the core program and as much of the program as it needs to do the tasks you are wanting to do. Then you can use it offline as well. It seems to be the full version. Fancy features need a download the first time you use them, but then previous versions needed the original dvd the first time you used them.

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