Exclusive: A sneak peek at Office Web Apps Preview, coming with Office 2013 (and a new logo!)

By LiveSide | In Featured, News | Posted June 11, 2012 42 comments

Office 2013 LogoMicrosoft first announced details of its upcoming Office productivity suite, codenamed “Office 15”, back in January this year when the software suite reached its Technical Preview stage. Since then, various screenshots and details about “Office 15” has been revealed, including a revised user interface, a new “touch mode” for touch-screen based devices, and various improvements to each individual applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Today, Chinese website Cnbeta also managed to obtain screenshots to confirm that the software suite will be named Office 2013, and will come with a brand new logo (as shown above).

LiveSide was also able to obtain exclusive screenshots showing some of the upcoming enhancements and UI changes to Office Web Apps, part of the SkyDrive and Hotmail offerings. First is a screenshot showing that users will soon be able to opt-in to join the Office Web Apps Preview:

SkyDrive - Office Web App Preview

Whilst the opt-in screen didn’t reveal too much about what’s coming in Office Web Apps Preview, we were able to obtain some screenshots showing a sneak peek at some of the minor UI changes in the new Word Web App. Here’s a list of some of the changes we’ve noticed:

  • New Metro-style UI with flatter menu buttons and spacing, similar to the Office 2013 applications
  • Ability to view comments in Reading mode
  • New options to increase/decrease font size, justify paragraphs, and adjust paragraph spacing in Editing mode
  • A new “Page Layout” menu in the ribbon in Editing mode

Check them out in the comparison table below:

Word Web App - Comparison

We also obtained several screenshots showing the new “File” menu in Word Web App and PowerPoint Web App, which brings it much more in-line with the Office 2013 applications too. Check them out below:

Word Web App - Print optionsPowerPoint Web App - Print options

Whilst the new UI changes are certainly pleasing, please note that this is by no means a complete list of changes coming in the new Office Web Apps, and we’re sure there’s more changes not shown in these screenshots. Also, remember that these screenshots are coming from an unfinished pre-beta product (as shown by the placeholder orange dots in the screenshots above), so things are subject to change by the time of beta or final release.

According to Paul Thurrott, the Office 2013 beta is expected to drop “sometime in June”. We hope that the Office Web Apps Preview for SkyDrive and Hotmail will also drop around the same timeframe, but that might be working on a different schedule so do expect a later release. Of course, as always take this news with a pinch of salt as nothing has been officially confirmed by Microsoft yet.

So what do you think of the new Office logo? And how do you like the new Office 2013 and Office Web Apps user interface? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 8:20 am
  • Jason

    This is awesome!!!  I can’t wait!

    I like the new logo too… but I still like the current logo a bit more because it has more meaning to it.

  • Jason

    This is awesome!!!  I can’t wait!

    I like the new logo too… but I still like the current logo a bit more because it has more meaning to it.

  • FremyCompany

    From what I can see, all Microsoft logo will change in 2013. It’s almost like if Microsoft was going to kill Microsoft 2.0 and moves to Microsoft 3.0.

  • FremyCompany

    From what I can see, all Microsoft logo will change in 2013. It’s almost like if Microsoft was going to kill Microsoft 2.0 and moves to Microsoft 3.0.

  • Lollo872

    OMG the new logo is just terrible!!! O.o

  • Lollo872

    OMG the new logo is just terrible!!! O.o

  • http://mds.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Matt Sharpe

     I see the usability fail that is ALL CAPS MENUS isn’t restricted to just Visual Studio :-(

    • Asdf234

      Agreed. GET RID OF THE ALL CAPS!!!

  • http://mds.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Matt Sharpe

     I see the usability fail that is ALL CAPS MENUS isn’t restricted to just Visual Studio :-(

    • Asdf234

      Agreed. GET RID OF THE ALL CAPS!!!

  • Vito

    Look at “Paste” icon. It’s METRO :P

    • Jason

      good catch!! it’s cute I love it! :)

  • http://twitter.com/onlyvitix Vito Macina

    Look at “Paste” icon. It’s METRO :P

    • Jason

      good catch!! it’s cute I love it! :)

  • Breakingillusions

    im starting to love liveside you are the fastest microsoft news site <3

  • narmez

    im starting to love liveside you are the fastest microsoft news site <3

  • Guest

    Why not use current logo but in metro style!

  • g_@wicks

    The logo looks weird . Other than that Everything else looks awesome

  • Guest

    Why not use current logo but in metro style!

  • g_@wicks

    The logo looks weird . Other than that Everything else looks awesome

  • http://www.chrisbright.net/ Christopher Bright

    Yeah, I do wonder why they don’t have the current logo metro-ified.  But beyond that, it’s perfect.

  • http://www.chrisbright.net/ Christopher Bright

    Yeah, I do wonder why they don’t have the current logo metro-ified.  But beyond that, it’s perfect.

  • AnnGMorrone
  • AnnGMorrone
  • Guest

    To be honest, I love how Microsoft finally began to unify its product line. Great job.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vthenerd Vladan Vukmanov

    To be honest, I love how Microsoft finally began to unify its product line. Great job.

  • Mario Albertico

    The Office preview looks great, love the Metro work on the menus and Ribbon. But seriously, who’s responsible for these logos and why aren’t the marketing teams asking to look at other options? At a certain point, logos should be able to stand on their own–the few new logos Microsoft has announced (Windows, Visual Studio, now Office) just look like a bunch of squares and lines that fell onto a piece of paper. I understand the need for cohesion across Microsoft product lines, and a simpler visual design is needed to bring that cohesion through the logos, but I believe we will look back in 5-10 years time and think, “My god, why didn’t anybody ever say anything!” So I’m with many of you, why couldn’t they just Metro-fy their logos (a la that new Paste icon).

    • wizkid

       Indeed.

  • Mario Albertico

    The Office preview looks great, love the Metro work on the menus and Ribbon. But seriously, who’s responsible for these logos and why aren’t the marketing teams asking to look at other options? At a certain point, logos should be able to stand on their own–the few new logos Microsoft has announced (Windows, Visual Studio, now Office) just look like a bunch of squares and lines that fell onto a piece of paper. I understand the need for cohesion across Microsoft product lines, and a simpler visual design is needed to bring that cohesion through the logos, but I believe we will look back in 5-10 years time and think, “My god, why didn’t anybody ever say anything!” So I’m with many of you, why couldn’t they just Metro-fy their logos (a la that new Paste icon).

    • cuz84d

       Indeed.

  • Fredrik72

    It looks exactly the same. I don’t get how people can get exited about it. Changing menus to uppercase and tweaking the color schemes – and that is all Microsoft is giving us?  Where’s the beef?

    • Jason

      I guess someone doesn’t read. The article clearly says: “please note that this is by no means a complete list of changes coming in the new Office Web Apps, and we’re sure there’s more changes no shown in these screenshots.”

      • Daniel Blois

         He just wants to bash microsoft

  • Fredrik72

    It looks exactly the same. I don’t get how people can get exited about it. Changing menus to uppercase and tweaking the color schemes – and that is all Microsoft is giving us?  Where’s the beef?

    • Jason

      I guess someone doesn’t read. The article clearly says: “please note that this is by no means a complete list of changes coming in the new Office Web Apps, and we’re sure there’s more changes no shown in these screenshots.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509813639 Daniel Blois

         He just wants to bash microsoft

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1491033788 Nathan Castle

    I like to see that there is a page layout tab. It also looks like the page in word web app is page size, not the full screen area. I am really looking forward to that, if it is as it appears.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1491033788 Nathan Castle

    I like to see that there is a page layout tab. It also looks like the page in word web app is page size, not the full screen area. I am really looking forward to that, if it is as it appears.