Excel 2013!

Wow, are you ready for Excel 2013?  It is just around the corner, and Microsoft has begun to share what is in store for their newest version of Excel.

One of the big areas of focus for the developers was providing a cleaner user experience.  They wanted to remove some of the limitations of using the full power of Excel by having the interface offer features appropriate to the user's current tasks. Examples of these features include Quick Analysis, Flash Fill, Chart Recommendations and PivotTable Recommendations.  Of these, I’m most excited for Flash Fill, which will help fill down data using logical patterns rather than sophisticated formulas.

Another area of investment for the development team was built-in business intelligence capabilities.  If you are familiar with the PowerPivot Plug-In that was rolled out with Excel 2010, that capability and more are included built-in to Excel 2013.  No add-in to download and install!  This will prove to be a more polished user experience I’m sure, and I’m looking forward to some of the extras like Quick Explore, Timeline Slicers, and Power View.

Another term you’ll hear is Excel Everywhere, which represents the continued efforts of the web version of Excel, including enhanced embedding and support for a wider variety of devices.

Overall, I'm pretty excited to more fully explore all of the new features and capabilities of Excel 2013.

For more info, check out this Excel Blog post called Introducing Excel 2013, or feel free to download a preview version from the Microsoft Excel 2013 Preview page.



What would be the choice for

What would be the choice for three home/office computers and one traveling laptop? Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Home Premium or standalone versions of Office 2013?

royfhobbs, The Office 365


The Office 365 brand is designed to deliver subscription based licenses, and breaks away from Microsoft's traditional license model.  In addition to providing desktop software as an ongoing subscription, additional services are bundled, for example email hosting.  So, to decide what is best, you'll need to assess a couple of things.  First, I would ask what of the additional bundled services will be used.  The next question I would ask is do you prefer to always have the most recent version of software.  Knowing the answers to these enables you to decide what is best based on the math.

If none of the additional services will be used, then the math is simple, because you can divide the standalone desktop license by the monthly O365 plan you subscribe to, and determine the value.  If the standalone Office suite is say $369, and you sign up for say Office 365 Small Business Premium for $12.50 per user per month, then that is the equilavent to about 30 months.  Thus, if you prefer to always be on the most recent version of Office, then the subscription model makes sense assuming Microsoft releases a new version within 30 months.  If you don't feel the need to always be on the most recent version, or don't like being tied to a subscription, then the standalone desktop license will be preferable since you buy it once it have the right to run it in perpetuity.

So, this is how I would probably reason my way through this decision...hope it helps!


Excel 2013!