The new Microsoft Office was unveiled yesterday by Steve Ballmer at a media event in San Francisco. Microsoft is reinventing Office to adapt to the times and needs of people and remain competitive in an increasingly tough market. Let’s take a closer look at how that’s working out with the new Word 2017.
Need some space: Microsoft has made a number of major changes to the latest version of Windows. The biggest and brightest change to Microsoft Word in 2017 is that it has finally embraced whitespace. Word—and all the other apps in Office 365 have become spacious. The ability to collapse menu bars and create a more focused writing environment is great improvement. For people who prefer writing in a distraction-free environment there’s an entire range of word-processing applications. You will have your document without menu bars, macros, and other on-screen notifications.
Also a new view option, called Read Mode, sets your document in an entirely distraction-free screen, leaving just the most essential buttons. It looks even sparser than the Full Screen Reading mode in older versions of Word. Office 2017 continues the legacy of the ribbon Interface, but that it is hidden by default. There are users who don’t like ribbon interface and so it’s good news for them.
New to all: But even more impressive than Word’s new look is one of its huge feature: You can now edit PDFs in Word. Yes it’s true.
Open a PDF in Microsoft Word and you can type right into the existing text and not on top of it. You can edit it, as long as the PDF was created with typed text. This feature doesn’t work on PDFs that contain text that was created as an image, however, the majority of forms and other PDFs that you would want to type on will be supported.
It’s for tablets: It’s time for Office to jump into the tablet game. Office 2017 applications have a Touch Mode button to make the software easier to use with a touchscreen device. Touch Mode enlarges the ribbon buttons and other controls, and spaces things out more so you can swipe and tap more accurately with your fingers. . You can tap charts or images to zoom in; you can tap to expand or collapse sections of a document; and you can hold your finger on a word or phrase to access context-sensitive options.
To the cloud: Microsoft is pushing users strongly to work with the cloud. As with the rest of the Office 2017 suite, Word 2017 is wired for the cloud. You can log in to Word using the same Windows account that you use to access the SkyDrive cloud storage service and other Microsoft cloud services, or an Office 365 account to connect to a business cloud account. It enables your Microsoft programs to sync settings and information. In Word 2017, you can choose to save files locally–or wherever you want– SkyDrive is the default storage location.
Saving files on SkyDrive has some advantages. Most notably, Word 2017 remembers where you are. If you stop working midway through a document, Word 2017 bookmarks your position. When you reopen the file–even if you do so from another device–Word 2017 can pick up where you left off.
Password protected tracking: Sometime people like being able to track changes within a document. It makes it much easier to be able to see what was added, deleted, or changed, from the original. However, anyone with access to the file can accept changes or delete comments, and the tracking will be gone. But not anymore, Word 2017 allows you to password protect change tracking so that only you—or someone with the designated password—can delete those changes.
Want more: New mark-up tools make editing and reading edited text a little easier. Working with images has also become easier now because you can drag them around and see a preview of how the text wrap changes in real-time. Another improvement on the image front: Word now lets you insert online pictures and videos. That means you can embed a YouTube clip right in your Word document.