Microsoft have announced that they are to offer Office 2013
on a "click to run” basis, which is an improvement on the current Office 365
and allows customers to use software, such as Word, Powerpoint and suchlike
The software giant says that this is just one part of its
strategy to bring Office apps "as an integrated part of our Software
+ Services offering”. This is due to the changing landscape over the last
five years of what customers expect from a software provider; mobile, tablets
and smaller laptops mean that people want to be able to access software on the
go, over the internet.
"Our goal with Click-to-Run in the new Office is to make
finding, installing, and using the Office applications as fast, easy, and
secure as possible,” Paul Barr, Lead Program Manager for Click-to-Run explained.
"Going to a physical store is quickly becoming a big barrier
for getting new software. Not only that, but we don’t think our customers
should even have to think about "getting software”. They just want the right
tools, for the right device, when they need it to get their tasks done.
Click-to-Run and Office on Demand are about making that happen."
He went on to explain that previous versions of Office was "too
impactful” as it created a virtual partition which caused problems for some
users; this "side effect of the virtualisation” meant that apps were often slow
to start and some people suffered compatibility issues.
The new Click-to-Run (v2.0) is expected to be faster, better
integrated and designed to be more modern and agile, doing away with the need
to fully install Office apps.
At present, if you download the Office 2013 Preview, then
you are signing up to Office 365 Premium which allows for the provisioning of
the software on up to five machines. In the future, Click-to-Run will be
available not just through Microsoft, but also on partner websites.
Customers will be able to choose language and install
options as well as 32 and 64bit versions, however, for most people they advise
downloading the 32bit option for compatibility reasons.
"That’s the end of the Click-to-Run experience. It’s faster,
smoother, and has better progress than any previous Office release. Early data
says that Click-to-Run v2.0 installs actually succeed at a higher rate than
Windows Installer packages, and we’re doing everything we can to make it the best
installation experience ever,” Barr said.