If you're considering switching to Microsoft Office 2013, you might be interested to know that the software will be getting its first big update when Service Pack 1 arrives "early next year".
Microsoft has revealed that Service Pack 1 for Office, SharePoint and Exchange 2013 will be released "early next year".
Microsoft announced this on its blog a few days ago, stating that Service Pack 1 for Office, SharePoint and Exchange 2013 will be released "early next year". The update will include "performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1."
What's interesting about this is that it once again raises the question of whether you should rent or buy the latest Office. As we've explained in the past, you can make a one-off payment for Office 2013, or pay a yearly subscription fee for Office 365.
Office 365 essentially gives you the same software you install on your computer, with a list of extra bits and pieces, like the ability to run a special online version you don't need to install (for example, if you're travelling and don't have a copy installed on your laptop). You are also allowed to install it on several computers. You can read a list of advantages here.
The other advantage, Microsoft points out, is that "if you're an Office 365 customer, you're always up to date with the latest versions of our products."
Better performance and compatibility are welcome, but what might the feature updates be?
Some clues may be found in the changes the company has made to Office 365. Earlier this month, Microsoft pointed out that more than 100 new features have been added to Office 365, including:
- the addition of Yammer (Microsoft's private social networking service) to Office 365 Enterprise
- and Power BI (self-service business intelligence features for Excel).
We spotted a few gripes on Microsoft's community forum for Office 2013 too, about:
- Outlook's Search People function
- opening Office 2007 files (see also, though that's arguably more a case of an inappropriate error message than a bug)
- poor performance with large Word documents (this one is apparently on Microsoft's radar).