Capturing the highlights of Office 2013

Now available to preview ahead of its scheduled October release, Microsoft’s next generation Office 2013 suite will incorporate a range of preconfigured solutions for capture and PDF management available for free in the new Office store from Kodak, Adlib software and others.

Office 2013 integrates tightly with SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage system, and now offers the ability to edit PDFs in Word. It will be available via subscription as Office 365 and is designed to run on tablets and Windows phone as well as Windows desktops.

The programs in Office 2013 feature pinch and zoom, which can be used on documents and presentations

Word and PowerPoint will remember where you were in a document and automatically bookmark your last position

Adlib’s PDF Publisher add-on will provide the means to combine documents and publish them to a single PDF from within SharePoint. It will preserves Microsoft Office document links, footnotes and endnotes, and automatically create navigational bookmarks.

Kodak is making available a free version of its Capture Software for Office 2013 that will scan documents to SharePoint document libraries with a single click of a preconfigured button on a Kodak or other TWAIN-compliant document scanner.

Microsoft has enhanced the social networking capabilities in SharePoint 2013 and plans to integrate Yammer's enterprise social networking capabilities when that acquisition closes. Microsoft announced a $US1.2 billion purchase of Yammer in June.

There are new social networking features in SharePoint 2013 that provide Facebook-like ways to follow, "like", and reply to the status of files, sites, tags, and users. The software will suggest items to follow and can aggregate outside feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn.

There are tools to enhance filesharing using SkyDrive Pro, which lets users create a desktop folder that syncs with SharePoint.

Team folders for SharePoint and Exchange 2013 can provide shared access to mail, calendars and task lists.

Ediscovery changes let administrators directly put Microsoft Exchange mailboxes into a legal hold status. With Office 2010 this required customisation or plug-in software. Virtual folders containing information from multiple applications can also now be put into hold.

SharePoint 2013, has a new site type called Case Management that allows administrators to search SharePoint and Exchange simultaneously. Discovery Managers can perform In-Place eDiscovery and Hold searches across SharePoint Exchange and Lync 2013.