Microsoft Office 2013
Microsoft Office 2013 is the latest version of Micrsoft's popular office productivity suite. This page will provide information about our support for Office 2013. For a demo of the new features you can go to Microsoft's site.
Office 2013 Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do I get Office 2013?
- What is WPI's plan for upgrading to Office 2013
- What are the known issues with upgrading to Office 2013?
NOTE: The network installation for Office 2013 requires activation against a WPI license server initially and then again at least once every 180 days. This requires a VPN connection to renew the activation, which will reset the counter for another 180 days. Systems regularly on the WPI network will not have problems but we recommend that for personal systems off the WPI network that you purchase the CLA media. For any issues with activation please go to the Office 2013 Activation page.
To install Office 2013, Map a drive to \\storage\software\microsoft\Windows\Office. You should run the Install Microsoft Office 2013 shortcut. Office 2013 does not support Windows XP or Windows Vista.
WPI is upgrading to Office 2013 in three phases to allow for a smooth transition between Office 2010 and Office 2013. Below is a summary of the process. For more details please review the Upgrade Process page.
- Phase 1: March 12, 2013 - Office 2013 made available to install from the network and for sale via CLA Media
- Phase 2: Summer 2013
- Office 2013 becomes the default version of Office on all lab computers.
- Office 2013 becomes the default version of Office on all reimaged or newly deployed Faculty/Staff computers
- Phase 3: Summer 2014 Office 2013 will be deployed to all existing Faculty/Staff computers
There are a few known issues when upgrading Office 2013
- Operating System Support
- Office 2013 is supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 (both 32 and 64 bit systems)
- Office 2013 is NOT supported on Windows XP and Windows Vista
- Access compatibility
- Access 2013 does have some changes that may cause errors to occur in older Access databases. In most cases these can be fixed without too much work. IT does not support custom Access databases but if you contact the Helpdesk we may be able to recommend a consultant to help you upgrade your database.
- 3rd Party Add-ins
- 3rd Party Add-ins may need to be reinstalled after Office is upgraded to work correctly. Some add-ins may not work with Office 2013 and may have newer versions that are specifically designed for Office 2013.
- EndNote: No current version of EndNote has been designed to be compatible with Office 2013, as they were developed before the release of Word 2013. Versions designed to be compatible with Office and Word 2010 (EndNote X4, X5 and X6) appear to work with 2013. Note that a Windows RT computer can run Office 2013, but it cannot run EndNote.
- Adobe Acrobat: We recommend that Windows computers be upgraded to Adobe Acrobat Pro XI, and Macintosh computers be upgraded to Adobe Acrobat Pro X. Please contact the Helpdesk for information on how to install Adobe Acrobat Pro on WPI-owned machines using WPI's site license. If you only need to save Word, PowerPoint and Excel files as PDF, you may not need Acrobat Acrobat as Office 2013 has the ability to save documents directly to PDF.
Last modified: Nov 19, 2013, 07:39 EST