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What Role Does Connectivity Play in Revamped Version of Office 365, Office 2013?

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October 17, 2012

What Role Does Connectivity Play in Revamped Version of Office 365, Office 2013?

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

A reliable Internet connection is key to any cloud-based solution, including Office 365 and its newer, better looking and younger sibling Office 2013. The tentative release date for this innovative offering for general availability is sometime in February 2013, while the release to manufacturing (RTM) date will be sometime next month, just in time for Turkey day.

Designed from the ground up to easily sync with the Windows 8 tablet, this application can be streamed from any Windows device and offers users an intuitive interface that boasts touch capabilities. Also, it is powered by Flash Fill feature, Quick Trend and Quick Analysis Lens.

In a recent article featured on the PC Pro website, Simon Jones openly ponders whether Microsoft’s (News - Alert) new bouncing baby that drives collaboration and productivity within an office setting is leaving devoted customers in the dust by pushing them towards using a trial of Office 365 and then subscribing to Office 2013 Professional or Home Premium.

Jones stated, “Microsoft obviously believes everyone nowadays has constant Wi-Fi coverage wherever they are, and that if they don’t have Wi-Fi then they’ll have a good 3G signal or 3G dongle for their computer.”

Yet, this simply isn’t the case, as many public locations still don’t offer access to a Wi-Fi network, which makes it virtually impossible to utilize this solution hosted in the cloud.

“There are definitely a whole class of mobile workers who won’t have Internet coverage all the time, and another class of users who won’t want to trust online data storage, preferring to rely on their own hardware for security, confidentiality or simply for robustness,” he added.

So, what are the next steps the technology giant should take? He recommends mirroring Windows, a product that can quickly figure out if the user currently has a network connection at hand. “Might it not be a good idea for Office to take notice of this rather than offering options that lead to the dead-end message ‘you’re not connected to a network?’”

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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