Still Running Windows XP or Vista? Office 2013 Is Not For You

Microsoft unveiled Office 2013 consumer preview and according to the CEO of the company, this is the most ambitious release of Microsoft Office that ever done. Office 2013 is having lot many new features including inbuilt PDF reader and editor i.e. now MS Word can open and edit PDF documents. Apart from that, Skype integration is also a cool feature which allows users to collaborate with other users or teammates using this VOIP service. Microsoft also incorporated Cloud features like SkyDrive integration and Office 365 integration with this version. But if your computer is running older version of Windows like XP or Vista, you will not be able to run Office 2013. It is made for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Microsoft Office 2013

According to the system requirement section released by Microsoft for Office 2013, you need Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 to install and run the Office applications. Microsoft has already said that they will discontinue the support for Windows XP from April 2014. Company will continue support for Vista till 2017 but they are fully aware that wither most of the Vista users upgraded to Windows 7 or shifted to Mac. Yeah, we all know the reason behind.

Windows XP and Vista are not there in System Requirements for Office 2013 Preview

Is it worth to upgrade the system for Office 2013?

Lot many companies are still using Windows XP as they don’t see any loss in keeping it as it is. Individuals who are running Windows XP are either having old configuration computer or they don’t want to invest in Windows 7 upgrade. Office 2013 is a cool upgrade with new features and touch friendly layout but still Office 2007 and 2010 are sufficient for daily documentation and even for complex tasks and presentation. I always recommend to try new features and application but it depends whether you want to invest in that or not. If you are fine with Office 2007, there is not any critical need to upgrade to 2013. BUT I would definitely suggest you to upgrade from XP or Vista to Windows 7 not just because of Office 2013 compatibility but for overall performance improvement. Windows 7 is no doubt the best upgrade released by Microsoft after XP.

After seeing Windows 8 release preview, I don’t think there would be an urge for definite upgrade from Windows 7 to 8. But if you are still using XP or Vista, wait till October, 2012 to get an official copy of Windows 8.

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.

6 Comments

  1. Peter Onyango

    July 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Technology is dynamism like……

  2. mohanj

    July 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I agree with you Like Windows XP,Window 7 is a best windows version.Updrading to WIndows 7 and Office 2013 new features combination will work well.

  3. Gusto Bilişim

    August 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    ok Thank Admin.

  4. Ramkumar

    September 21, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Can’t wait to have a hands on Office 2013. The support for Windows XP would have been great, but they have their own consideration too. Al lot of people are quite using Windows XP and I’m sure its going to take few more years for them to switch to Windows 7 or higher.

  5. Harish

    September 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

    waiting for MS Office 2013 and I also don’t use Windows XP or Vista either…. :D

  6. Igor Vrana Korček

    October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    OMG… New office is not worth of upgrade! Every new version of office is worse than previous. Every time i have learn how to work with it! Sorry, i need work on projects, not on new features… Frankly, they are useless. There is far better alternative for that purpose.

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