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Microsoft Office 2013 rolls out to business customers

The Boardroom Tineka Smith

05:30, December 4 2012

The new Microsoft Office will not be available to the general public until the first quarter of 2013.

Businesses are now able to purchase the on-premises versions of Office 2013 along with other new Office products. Other new software products include: Exchange server 2013, Lync Server 2013, Sharepoint Server 2013 and Visio 2013.

All new Office software is available through the Microsoft Volume Licensing channel.

Microsoft says the new office is more social, offering real time news feeds from people, documents and conversations.

Microsoft Office 2013 also enables work place scenarios like reading, meetings, note-taking and communications will be sent to subscribers through a cloud service.

"We are taking bold steps at Microsoft," Ballmer said at a press conference in San Francisco earlier this year. "The new, modern office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.

Besides LinkedIn, the new office has also integrated with Yammer and Skype.

"We've been working closely with Microsoft for some time to make it easier for you to bring your LinkedIn network right into your Microsoft Outlook inbox experience," said David Breger, Product Manager for LinkedIn in a blog.

Users can sign into LinkedIn without an additional download.

"You just have to sign-in once with your LinkedIn credentials and immediately you'll start seeing rich profile information, like photos and LinkedIn network activity for any connection that emails you," said Breger. "You'll also see LinkedIn profile data surface when you view a People Card throughout the new Office experience."

Users will be able to follow what their LinkedIn connections are discussing and sharing as well as easy access to contact information, photos and profile details on LinkedIn while signed into Office.

LinkedIn is also in talks with integrating with Microsoft's outlook application.

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