You may be asking yourself – “should I move to Microsoft Office 2013”.  This blog investigates.

I’ve got Office 2003

Your world ends on April 8th 2014.

All right that is a bit of an exaggeration.  That is in fact the date that Microsoft will withdraw official support for Windows XP and Office 2003.

Office 2003 was a very popular version of the suite.  Many of you out there still use it to the present day.

As Larry Seltzer of ZDNet says:

The Office suite was mature at this point, and offered pretty much anything that nearly all users needed. But there is a problem.  These products, whatever their merits, had been developed without sufficient concerns for security.  The file formats used had vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers“.

Microsoft, of course, releases a steady stream of security patches (on so-called “Patch Tuesday”) to fix these problems as they are discovered.  But for Office 2003 these will stop next April.  “Don’t be surprised if many new vulnerabilities show up on April 9th“.

So what do you do?  One option is do nothing.

The programs will still work.  However, unless you are running them on a PC with no network connection you are exposing yourself to risk.  Some commentators have describes this as “an outright liability, bordering on irresponsible.”

So, realistically, you do need to move to Microsoft Office 2013.

Many issues jump out here.  Not least the fact that your venerable old hardware may not be up to the task of running the modern software.

Then there is the Fluent User Interface to deal with.  Since Office 2007 the Menus and Toolbars that were used to hold commands to control the program have been replaced by the Ribbon.  In truth, everything that you need is in there somewhere.  You just have to know where to look.

That is where we come in (see How can Base2 help? below)

I’ve got Office 2007 or 2010

It is harder to make the case for a move to Microsoft Office 2013 one way or the other here.

What I can say straight away is that, having used both Office 2007 and Office 2010, I was immediately at home in Office 2013.

Virtually all the features that I know and love are found in exactly the same location on the Ribbon.  I was productive immediately.

There are, of course, nice new toys to play with – but I wouldn’t describe any of them as “must have”.  Here are some examples:

    • Microsoft Word now has Resume Reading – Re-open a document and Word remembers where you were working last time.  You can pick up where you left off.
    • In Microsoft Excel the Flash Fill command recognises patterns in your data – This make it easy to (say) separate Forenames from Surnames in a list.
    • A new Microsoft PowerPoint feature allows you to easily Merge Shapes using Union, Combine, Intersect or Subtract effects.
    • With In-Line Replies you can reply to an e-mail in Microsoft Outlook directly from the Reading Pane (i.e. without having to open it)

Touch Devices

Many of the upgrades to Office 2013 were designed with devices such as a Tablet in mind.  If you use one of these, it is a “no-brainer” to use this new version

If I move to Microsoft Office 2013 – How can Base2 help?

If you are upgrading from Office 2003, then our Office 2013 Transition course is just for you!  Either attend one of our Scheduled (Open) courses or arrange a day Dedicated to yourselves

Either way, our experienced tutors will tailor the day to help you find the new location of all the facilities you have used in Office 2003.

Current users of Office 2007 or Office 2010 may prefer a shorter session on the new/changed features.

So if you are about to move to Microsoft Office 2013 contact info@base2.co.uk