I.T. Support – Office 2013 – Email Server
We’ve been learning and — mostly — enjoying Microsoft Office 2013 around the JMARK offices. There are some great new features, but we’ve also noticed there are a few surprises we thought you’d like to know about before they became problems. One major problem our email experts have noticed is Office 2013 may not support your current Exchange 2003 email server with Outlook 2013. Go here for a list of the dated features they’ve left behind in the new version. If your email server is running Exchange 2003 you may want to look at updating it before moving to the new Office version.
New PCs will come with Office 2013
New PCs with Office 2013 cannot be downgraded to Office 2010 (see next bullet).
An available — although very expensive — version of Office 2013 that allows you to downgrade to Office 2010 is available. Let us know if you need it and we can help.
But here’s what you can do in the new version of Office.
Office can store files in SkyDrive and Office 365 online storage.
Microsoft has improved integration with Facebook and LinkedIn.
Like every version of Outlook, power users will love the new features. Here’s a quick start guide. Here’s a quick-start guide for Outlook 2013
Excel has some interesting and useful new features, such as flash fill.
Office 2013 has much better multi-monitor support. It is now much simpler to run Excel and other Office applications on separate monitors. Comparing documents is much easier now than it was with version 2010.
PowerPoint adds a nice dashboard mode when presenting. With features like showing you the next slide or bullet point, and how long you’ve been on the current slide, this is very helpful if you do a lot of presenting.
One tool you may not have been using will be more prevalent as the Surface and other touch-enabled devices become mainstream. Microsoft OneNote is used heavily in the JMARK offices to keep track of and share notes between colleagues. Here’s a video demonstrating how it works on a tablet. The video is a bit dated (from before the Windows 8 release) but you’ll get the idea of where Microsoft is headed with touch support in the future.
All told, Microsoft Office 2013 is a great product, and has been beneficial in our environment at JMARK. Our technicians are up to speed on the new features and changes. If you need to make sure your office is ready for Office, your account manager and I.T. Support team can help.