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Microsoft has announced the newest version of their office suite of application, Office 2012, or New Office. The new Office comes with a host of new improvements, including changes to the UI as well as under the hood.
The major and notable change is the new set of icons for all the apps within the suit. Just like the Windows 8 icon, Office icon feature a monochrome icon with a tilted perspective. The UI of the applications has also been slightly modified to fit into the new Metro UI on Windows 8. However, the application isn’t designed entirely with Metro UI because at the end of the day it will be running within the desktop mode in Windows 8.
More new features like, stylus support for scribbling on the screen, integrated SkyDrive, Skype and Yammer support.
The new Office will be released in fall and come in three versions for Windows and OS X. Each version will include the basic apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition you will gt Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 Small Business Premium and Office 365 ProPlus.
The new Office is only supported on Windows 7 and 8, with support for Vista and XP being dropped in this version. If you have a Windows 7 or 8 installed on your machine, you can try it by downloading it here.