Microsoft: Can it make Office 2013 social?

Microsoft: Can it make Office 2013 social?

Summary: The software giant sees Office 2013 as a workspace that'll integrate documents as well as your social feeds courtesy of Yammer and Skype integration.


Microsoft unveiled Office 2013 and delivered a hefty dose of social networking name dropping---especially those tools recently acquired.

The Office 2013 demo, delivered by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of the Office division, dropped in a bit of Yammer, a big dose of Skype integration and the usual complement of SharePoint hooks.

Microsoft's underlying message: Office will be social and you'll be following documents, collaborating and using the latest version of the company's productivity suite as your primary work space. Photos: James Martin, CNET


"We're taking a very broad view of social," said Koenigsbauer.

Among the key items:

  • Office's newsfeed purchase allows you to comment and see threaded replies.
  • There's new in-line document and media viewer integrated with SharePoint.
  • The UI resembles your Facebook and Twitter stream in Office experiences.

Microsoft's game plan is to integrate presence into Office. Will it work?

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CNET: Office 2013 roundup 

CNET's Jay Greene noted that Microsoft is redesigning bloat. It is possible that all these social features may be seen as too much of a good thing. However, Office is a cash cow so the argument that Microsoft adds too much hasn't hurt the financial numbers.

In the end, Microsoft had no choice but to take Office, defend the desktop, integrate cloud and yes go social in a big way.


Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Social Enterprise

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  • different bloggers react to office - 2013

    I had a glance around various blog sites to see how they react to 0ffice 2013... MS office, probably, the best office software available on the planet... and its really hilarious how these dump bloggers try to criticize it.... can't stop laughing... these idiots have no clue about enterprise... some seems to have no idea what productivity means...all they have used is google docs... or making funny comparisons with iOS or similar nonsense...
    • Oooh, calling people 'idiots' - how mature of you to do so!

      As for me, I'll wait for the product(s) to come out and use them before praising, critiquing, and/or criticizing it first. We'll see where these market forces take us.
    • Your comment does not help Office 2013

      You have provided not one good thing on why anyone would use it.
      Many may call this ranting on blogger comments you disagree with.
  • People use products or people can be social

    A product trying to be social is a poorly constructed analogue that also defeats the purpose of what it's trying to mimic. Often for ulterior motives.

    That's a generalization, but not exactly untrue.
  • Just a little company

    You guys all talk about Enterprise Solutions. I'm just a little guy out here in Costa Rica using Google Docs. I've waited a long time to tie my ship to a relationship-based, on-line database that I can handle myself. The central database is the heart of a company and mastering social business media is going to be even more important every year. If this Office 365 is what they say it is, how crazy would I be to not get on-board? I've never bought software this expensive, but I think I'm going to make an exception for this one. Nothing against Google Docs, but which one is going to let me expand rapidly and give good on-line reporting and conversations with my clients? I was born and raised using Office and spent years learning Access. I'm sure there is a lot I don't know about Google Applications, but I'm already educated and ready to go with Office 365! Just a note from a oh, so typical small business guy.
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  • Office 2013--attached to the Psychic Network

    Office 2013 users will no longer be able to edit documents using the keyboard and mouse. Instead, using Microsoft's new Text Predictive Algorithm, the document will be displayed and sent to the intended recipients for the user in it's final form without user interaction. Micro$oft will base it's prediction of the user's intended document on browsing history, social network posts, current news events, daily specials at a variety of fine internet retailers, and a list of other proprietary sources of data. Micro$oft guarantees 100% accuracy in its predictions as to the user's intent. The TP algorithm is the latest attempt to completely remove user input from MS products. CEO Steve Balmer is quoted as saying "By denying user input to the application, we can completely insure the product is 100% stable. Unpredictable user inputs have always been an issue with Office, so we felt the need to completely remove the end-user from the equation."
    Scott Gates