Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15, Windows RT: Office 2013 RT) is an office suite from Microsoft for the Microsoft Office series and is the successor to Microsoft Office 2010.

The IA- 32 and x64 version (AMD64, and Intel 64 ) of Office 2013, 2008 R2 and 2012 compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8, as well as the associated server operating systems. Known as Office 2013 RT version of Office 2013 is the first version of Office for ARM processors and runs on Windows RT.

  • 6.1 Power View and PowerPivot


Development started in 2010 while Microsoft finished work on Office 14 and released it as Microsoft Office 2010.

A technical preview version of Office 2013 was released on 30 January 2012. A public beta was released on 16 July 2012. On October 25, 2012, the Release to Manufacturer (RTM) version of Office, Visio and Project 2013 released to Technet customers to download. On January 29, 2013, the final version has been released for all to purchase.


User interface and cloud computing

The surface has been adjusted to the look of Windows 8 and should therefore be more appropriate for touchscreens. With the integration of Microsoft OneDrive it is possible to store all documents directly to the cloud. In addition, the data stored in the cloud files are synchronized to a local location. Thus, the user is also without an internet connection all documents. In addition, the services of Skype and Yammer have been involved in the Office programs. Through the so-called streaming app, it is possible to stream the Office programs on a Windows PC over the Internet. The use of the programs is possible without an installation on this computer.

Office 2013 RT

The ARM version, Office 2013 RT, is the first version of Office for ARM processors. It runs under Windows RT. This does not have the same functionality as the IA- 32 and x64 version, as it lacks for example the Applications Access and Publisher. Also the use of ActiveX controls is not possible. Since the release of Windows 8.1 RT Outlook is also part of Office 2013 RT.

Mobile version

Shortly after the publication of the Consumer Preview, Microsoft announced to release a mobile version of Office package for Windows Phone. This is the desktop version are similar than in previous versions and take over some functions, for example, for memories. Through the combination of both applications on the Office cloud it is possible to edit a document on the PC and resume at the same point on the mobile device.


In August 2012, it was announced that Office 2013 for the first time can be extended by so-called apps. These are small programs that complement the functionality of the Office applications to view, for example, an address directly from Microsoft Outlook to Bing Maps. The Office apps are tied to a specific Microsoft account and are automatically synchronized when using on multiple devices, provided that they are running next to Office 2013 at the same time Windows 8 or Windows RT.

Use restrictions

Compared to Office 2010, the EULA has been changed in some places. So at delivery there was a new clause after a once- installed version of Office 2013 is tied to the computer used for activation. A driving to another computer or transfer / sale to another user was not provided. The rule contravened the established case law in most European countries, especially because on the packaging no reference to such a use restriction was present. After protests this user control from Microsoft was lifted in March 2013. A transfer to another computer is now after previous uninstall every 90 days possible with a hardware defect earlier.


Power View and PowerPivot

Power View and PowerPivot are only available in Office Professional Plus and Office 365 Professional Plus, as well as in the standalone edition of Excel 2013. Thus Excel version Home & Student, Home & Business and Standard is not a full-fledged Excel.