Microsoft has unveiled its Office 2013 software and made a preview version free to download for users of Windows 7 and 8.
Office includes popular programs such as the word processor and spreadsheet programs Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as email client Outlook.
The 2013 version of the software aims to make it easier to use with a touchscreen or stylus and fits in with Microsoft’s move towards the Metro user interface that will be introduced with Windows 8 when it launches. For more information read our guide to Windows 8.
The service will be cloud based meaning any updates you make to documents will be automatically saved on Microsoft’s servers so you can access the most up-to-date version regardless of whether you’re opening the document on a tablet, mobile phone or laptop.
Office 2013 free to download and try
Other new features include the ability to edit PDF files with Word and save files in the format, as well as embed YouTube videos into documents. Internet calling service Skype has also been included in Office for the first time since it was bought by Microsoft in 2011.
Users of Windows 7 or 8 can click on the following link to download a free preview version of the software.
As well as a full version Microsoft will be selling a cheaper RT version that just features the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications. There will also be a range of subscription services that will be available for a monthly fee that will give users access to Microsoft’s cloud service SkyDrive and Skype minutes as well as offering multiple installs for use on all the PCs in your home.
The final version is expected to launch in October when Microsoft will reveal the full range of packages and pricing for the software.
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