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What's the difference between Office 2013 and Office 2010?

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What's the difference between Office 2013 and Office 2010?

» For a visual infographic on this topic, please view What's in and what's out in Office 2013?

Here we look at the new MS Office 2013 Features and Functions:

  • A new "Read mode" in Word 2013
  • A "Presentation mode" in PowerPoint 2013
  • Improved touch and inking in all of the Office programs.
  • Insert video and audio from online sources in MS Word
  • Capability to broadcast documents on the Web.
  • MS Word and MS PowerPoint have bookmark-like features (syncs the position of the document between different computers).
    • Resume Reading in MS Word and MS PowerPoint
  • Touch Mode along with touch enhancements.
  • Flatter look of the Ribbon interface and subtle animations when typing or selecting (Word 2013 and Excel 2013)
  • Outlook 2013 now has a new visualization for scheduled tasks
  • New graphical options in MS Word
  • New "Start" experience
  • New alignment lines when moving objects
  • Online picture support with content from, and Flickr
  • New slide designs, animations and transitions in MS PowerPoint
  • Outlook 2013 supports and mail
  • Support for Skype and Yammer
  • Excel 2013 supports new model limits.

What was removed?

The following features found in previous versions were removed for MS Office 2013:

  • Microsoft Clip Organizer
  • Microsoft Office Picture Manager
  • Office 2007 & Office 2010 chart styles
  • Ability to insert a 3D Cone, Pyramid, or Cylinder Chart
  • Custom XML Markup has been removed from MS Word for legal reasons
  • Older WordArt objects are now converted to new WordArt objects
  • Support for Visio Drawing in MS PowerPoint
  • MS Access features removed:
    • Access Data Projects (ADP)
    • Support for Jet 3.x IISAM
    • Access OWC control
    • dBASE support suite
  • MS Outlook features removed:
    • Download Headers Only mode for IMAP
    • Outlook Exchange Classic offline
    • /Cleanfreebusy switch
    • Ability to import/Export to Applications
    • Notes and Journal customization
    • Outlook Activities tab
    • Outlook Mobile Service (OMS)
    • Outlook Search through Windows Shell

What's the difference between Office 2010 and Office 2007?

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Upgrading to Office 2013?

Have you considered a short Office 2013 training course to help you get the most out of the new version?

There are many different styles of training available, such as a public schedule course, on-site at your home or office, one-to-one training, closed company group training, eLearning (online) and many more styles.

All of these options can be bespoke/tailored to suit your needs, except for public schedule which follows a set syllabus (see example: Excel Introduction 2013). If you're interested in an MS Office 2013 training course, you may like to visit this page.

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