Microsoft has released an early preview of the next generation of Office called Office 365 which includes Office 2013 and its desktop applications Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher along with other Office family applications. In this article, I want to take a look at installing the suite. I will be using the offline installer for Office Professional Plus 2013. If you are using the Click to Run installer, the experience might be a bit different since it installs the suite in the background over the Internet. Depending on the medium, you might launch the setup for Office 2013 differently.
For the purposes of this article, I am using the setup executable.
Preliminary system requirements for the Preview include the following: Computer and processor: 1 Ghz or greater x86/x64 Processor with SSE2 instruction set.
- Memory: 1 GB RAM (32 Bit) /2 GB RAM (64 Bit)
- Hard disk: 3.5 GB free disk space
- Operating System: Windows 7 or newer, either 32-bit or 64-bit; Windows 2008R2 or newer with .Net 3.5 or greater. It isn’t possible to install on a PC running Windows XP or Vista. To use with Windows 8 you must be running the Release Preview version or higher. Get the Release Preview.
- Graphics: Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX10 graphics card and 1024 x 576 resolution
After launching setup, you will be greeted by the Office 2013 setup screen.
Accept the End User License Agreement and click Continue
Office 2013 has two types of installation modes, also, your options might be different, you might see Upgrade instead of Install Now if you have a previous version on your machine. If you don’t then click Install Now, this will immediately install Office 2013 and all applications.
If you wish to have control over what gets installed, then click Customize. Lets take a look at the options available.
The above screenshot displays the install options available, you can choose to not install a particular app or apps. If you are satisfied with these options you can leave them as is.
The file location tab provides the option of installing Office 2013 in another location rather the local drive. This can be handy if you are running low on disk space. You can use this option to create side by side installations of Microsoft Office. So if you want to keep an older version of Office while running the newer version.
The User Information provides registration options such as who is licensed to use it along with the organization it belongs to.
Once you are satisfied with the options selected, click Install Now to start the installation. The time installation will dependent on whether you are upgrading from a previous version, along with processor and memory requirements.
Once the installation is complete, you should see the following screen. You can click Close and start using Microsoft Office 2013.
To start using Microsoft Office 2013, go to the Start screen and click any of the Office 2013 applications you want to use. If you are using Windows 7, click Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office.