Microsoft Office 2013 (MS Office 2013) definition

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Contributor(s): Stephen Bigelow

Microsoft Office 2013 is a suite of productivity applications includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, InfoPath and Link, along with a Visio file viewer and an optional inclusion of Project. There are several notable changes in Office 2013, including support for touch and gestures which allows Office 2013 tools to function on mobile devices such as the Microsoft Surface tablet. 

MS Office 2013 was initially released in October 2012. It supports 32-bit, 64-bit and ARM processors running Windows operating systems including Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows RT (for tablets). Microsoft Office 2013 is available for traditional installation on individual PCs, but there are also two online suites through Microsoft Office 365, which offers subscription-based assess to Office 2013 tools for multiple users.

Office 2012 now supports cloud storage through the Microsoft SkyDrive service. There is also support for additional file formats including Open Office XML, OASIS ODF and PDF. The suite integrates support for third-party email accounts (such as Gmail) in Outlook along with support for social networking tools such as Skype, Yammer and  Flickr. 

This was first published in December 2012

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