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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: [UX] Review of MS Office 2013 UI
Date Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:22:54 GMT
People who are curious about the Office 2013/365 UI can check out the SkyDrive Web Apps preview
that is now online,

You'll need a Windows Live ID if you don't have one already.  It should work from most browsers,
including Chrome and FireFox, as well as IE.  I just confirmed that it works with IE8 on Windows
XP, not just IE9 on Windows 7.  I also got the same results in Chrome on Zorin Core (a Ubuntu
derivative) x64 in Oracle VirtualBox.  I didn't manage it on my WindowsPhone 7 though.

  I stumbled on this yesterday and I noticed three things in looking closer today: 

 1. The UI is much like that in the desktop versions of the Office Preview (and it is easy
to collapse the Ribbon for those who don't like it, especially when just viewing). 

 2. In addition to SkyDrive storing ODT, ODP, and ODS format documents, there is now support
for viewing them and editing them in the WebApps.  For the ODS that I uploaded and tested,
it makes a copy for editing so that any differences in ODF support don't corrupt the uploaded
version.  There is also a compatibility warning if the file copy is edited.  (There are such
warnings for Office features that aren't handled in the WebApps at this time.)  It is thrilling
to see the formulas be preserved and working, all in the Excel UI.

 3. The SkyDrive and Office WebApps available in browsers are very handy for confirmation
of document interchange problems.  This is another way to convert documents between formats
and also confirm what documents look like in the Office applications, so long as WebApp features
are sufficient.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis E. Hamilton [] 
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 21:15
Subject: RE: [UX] Review of MS Office 2013 UI

What I find interesting is the fact that inexpensive upgrades from Windows XP to Windows 8
will be available.  

I have no idea how many XP configurations will qualify as able to run Windows 8 though.  

There will be some sort of Windows 8 Compatibility Advisor program for qualifying machines
for upgrade.  I will try it on my aging Toshiba Tablet PC as soon as I can.  I figure if there
are problems, it is likely over drivers that Toshiba didn't make available beyond Vista.

I'm still startled by how well Office Preview handles and produces ODF documents.  I haven't
run anything very demanding though.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Weir [] 
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 19:51
Subject: Re: [UX] Review of MS Office 2013 UI

On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM, Kevin Grignon
<> wrote:
> It appears that MS Office 2013 is starting to be reviewed. Check out the
> C|NET review and supporting screen shots:

What I thought was interesting was that they were no longer going to
support Windows XP and Vista.   Office 2013 will require Windows 7 or

If we look at OpenOffice, only 58% of our Windows downloaders have
been on Windows 7. (<1% Wndows 8).  So 42% or so on versions of
Windows that will not be supported in next version of MS Office.

It will be interesting to see what happens around April 2014, when
both Windows XP and Office 2003 support ends.  There could be a few
hundred million users looking for a Windows productivity suite that is
still supported by someone.


> Regards,
> Kevin

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