Microsoft Announces Quick Office 2013 Guides; Bing Valentine's Day Challenge

Microsoft offer nine handy Quick Start Guides for Office 2013 introducing you to the newest versions of office apps. Tami Reller, provides few new insights into Windows 8 and Windows RT mementum.

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Office 2013 bring exciting new features, to help ease the transition to the new office suite, Microsoft put together "nine" Quick Start Guides that introduce you to the newest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, and Visio.

The new guides need Adobe Reader to view, and can be saved for later viewing on your computer.

Browse and download our free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides.

Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

Also, made available today is the System Essentials, an all-in-one system information tool for Windows 8.

System Essentials still comes with a pretty great feature package, allowing users to get information about the hardware and software configuration of a Windows 8 device without leaving the Modern UI.

In addition, the app comprises personalization settings for Windows 8, as well as a detailed report tool to check out all collected details at a glance.

System Essentials is available from Windows Store.

In other news today, Microsoft Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller in an interview shares Windows 8 momentum stating that since the opening of the Windows Store on October 26th, "the number of apps has more than quadrupled", and they've seen "double digit growth in people visiting the Windows Store week over week since October."

"App downloads are strong as we recently passed the 100 million app download mark - just two months after GA," Reller said.

Reller further notes, that "(W)e had 1.24 billion hours of active usage time from people during our previews" making it the most tested release of Windows ever.

And, that the company had "already delivered over 45 billion unique live tile updates."

Finally, as the Valentines' Day is near, Bing started a new Bing It On challenge urging people to reconsider their search habit and break up with Google.

"You wouldn't keep dating someone who isn't trustworthy, so why use a search engine known for serving its interests over your own?," Bing stated.

"Bing treats you right. Whether you're shopping for gifts for your sweetheart, looking to plan a singles night out or finding tips for a great date night, try Bing this Valentine's Day and avoid getting burned," the team adds.

You can click and choose which web results you prefer at BingItOn.com.

Bing Valentines Day Infographic: Bing It On Challenge