Microsoft Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15) is a version of Microsoft Office, a productivity suite for Microsoft Windows. It succeeds Microsoft Office 2010 and precedes Microsoft Office 2016. It includes extended file format support, UI updates and support for touch among its new features. Office 2013 is suitable for IA-32 or x64 systems and requires either Windows 7 and up or Windows Server 2008 R2 and up. Windows RT comes bundled with this version of Office. Mainstream support will end on 10 April 2018 and extended support ends on 11 April 2023.
Development of Office 2013 was started in 2010 and ended on 11 October 2012 when it was released to manufacturing. On 29 January 2013, Office 2013 was released to general availability. This version includes new features such as integration support for online services (such as OneDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, Yammer, and Flickr), improved format support for Office Open XML (OOXML), OpenDocument (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF) and support for multi-touch interfaces.
Office 2013 comes in twelve different editions, including three for retail outlets, two for volume licensing channels, five subscription-based editions available through Office 365, the web application edition known as Office Online and the Office RT editions made for tablets and mobile devices. Office Online apps are available free of charge on the web although enterprises may obtain on-premises installations for a price. Certain Office applications such as Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft SharePoint Designer can be obtained individually and are available in any of the twelve editions.
On 25 February 2014, Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released.
Development started in 2010 while Microsoft was finishing work on Office 14, released as Microsoft Office 2010. On 30 January 2012, Microsoft released a technical preview of Office 15, build 3612.1010, to a selected group of testers.
On 16 July 2012, Microsoft held a press conference to showcase Office 2013 and to release the Consumer Preview. The Consumer Preview is free and fully functional but will expire 60 days after the final product's release. On 5 October, an update was issued to the Customer Preview suite.
Office 2013 was released to manufacturing on 11 October 2012, and was made available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on 24 October. On 15 November 2012, 60-day trial versions of Office 2013 Professional Plus, Project Professional, and Visio Professional were made available to the public over the Internet. Microsoft released Office 2013 for general availability on 29 January 2013 and Service Pack 1 was released on 25 February 2014.
Office 2013 is more cloud-based than its predecessors; a Windows domain login, Office 365 account, or Microsoft account can now bed used to sync Office application settings (including recent documents) between devices, and users can also save documents to their OneDrive account.
It also includes update support for ISO/IEC 29500, the International Standard version of the Office Open XML file format: in particular, it supports saving in the "Strict" profile of ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open XML Strict). Office 2013 includes support for OASIS version 1.2 of ISO/IEC 26300:2006, OpenDocument Format, which Office 2013 can read and write. ISO 32000 (PDF) files can now be read, written, and edited.
New features include a new read mode in Microsoft Word, a presentation mode in Microsoft PowerPoint and improved touch and inking in all Office programs. Word can also insert video and audio from online sources as well as the capability to broadcast documents to the Web. Word and PowerPoint now have bookmark-like features that sync the position of the document between different computers.
The Office Web Apps were also updated for Office 2013, introducing additional editing features and interface changes.
Other features new to Office 2013 include:
- Flatter look of the Ribbon interface and subtle animations when typing or selecting (Word and Excel)
- New visualization for scheduled tasks in Microsoft Outlook
- Remodeled start screen
- New graphical options in Word
- Objects such as images can be freely moved; they snap to boundaries such as paragraph edges, document margin and/or column boundaries
- Online picture support with content from Office.com, Bing, and Flickr. Only images in the public domain are supported by default.
- Ability to return to the last viewed or edited location in Word and PowerPoint
- New slide designs, animations, and transitions in PowerPoint
- Support for Outlook.com and Hotmail.com in Outlook
- Support for integration with Skype, Yammer, and OneDrive
- IMAP special folders support
- Excel now supports new limit models