So I've got my new HP ENVY dv6 laptop (Intel Core-i7 2.4GHz Octo-core processor, 16GB DDR3 1600MHz memory, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics) set up with Linux Mint 14, and now I'm working on setting up a Windows 7 Pro virtual environment with Office 2013 (for the up and coming bring your own device - or BYOD - initiative). Here are my first impressions:
- Plain, yet clunky, interface.
- Constant proxy server requests out of the box (easily fixed, but still!)
- Nice templates in Word, Excel and PowerPoint (my three main apps)
- Outlook calendar is nice and clean, but I'm not a fan of the inbox.
- Too much white! Yes, I know they have grey and dark grey, but come on.
- I do like the new reading and presentation modes in Word and PowerPoint.
I know that Microsoft has become a big fan of the cloud for storage, but the default save location is SkyDrive. I personally don't use SkyDrive, and I'm sure a lot of MS Office users don't use it either. I prefer to save locally, and then I host my files from home with my own personal "cloud". It's a minor detail, and easily changed by clicking "Computer" in the save screen, and then click "Browse" to find a folder in which to save the file.
Now, to stop Office from constantly trying to connect to the Internet, do the following:
- Click File --> Options
- Click Trust Center
- Click the Trust Center Settings button
- Click Privacy Options
- Uncheck Allow Office to connect to the Internet
- Click OK
Until next time...