Microsoft Readies Public Beta of Office 2013 (Office 15), Adds Built-in PDF Functionality

Microsoft has completed the first public beta build of its next generation office productivity suite, formerly Office 15, and now called as "Office 2013," and that the public beta build will be made available latest by the next week, reports bouweenpc.nl.Microsoft has already said that it will include a version of Office 2013 on all […]

Microsoft has completed the first public beta build of its next generation office productivity suite, formerly Office 15, and now called as "Office 2013," and that the public beta build will be made available latest by the next week, reports bouweenpc.nl.

Microsoft has already said that it will include a version of Office 2013 on all Windows RT devices, including its own Microsoft Surface tablet.

Also, according to Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is adding a PDF viewing capability to Word 2013, a "stunning new reading experience for both traditional Word documents and PDFs that reflows text in a columnar view automatically."

"Word 15 works as a PDF reader--yes, really--for the first time. But more important, perhaps, it offers a stunning new reading experience for both traditional Word documents and PDFs that reflows text in a columnar view automatically. Interesting, the default layout on a traditional landscape PC screen uses a left-to-right scrolling mode, not top-to-bottom as has always been the case with such document-based applications.

Neww PDf Read mode scrolls from left to right:

word 2013 new pdf reading mode

pdf reading mode in word 2013

Resume Reading:

Courtesy of a very cool new bookmarking feature, Word 15 will prompt you to return to your previous editing or reading point when you re-open a document. It's not automatic, but very, very welcome.

word 2013 pdf reading resume mode

Section expand and collapse

A new control that appears to the left of headings allows you to expand and contract sections of text, hiding and revealing the sections so you can focus just on what you're writing," Thurrott said.

Also, in Word 2013, Microsoft will let you directly open and edit PDF content without using any third-part softwares/add-ons.

Edit PDF content in Word

With Word 2013, you can convert a PDF document into a Word document and edit the content.

To convert a PDF, you open it like you would any other document.

  1. Click File > Open > Browse.
  2. Find the PDF and click Open.

The converted document might not have a perfect page to page correspondence with the original. The conversion works best with mostly textual documents.

Microsoft is expected to release Office 2013 by the end of this year.

[Source: Bouweenpc.nl, Via: Neowin.net]