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Access Data Projects have been removed in Office 2013. Too bad, it was one of the most useful tools when dealing with Sql Server backend, Big mistake Microsoft.
I wish they would bring back MS Photo Editor from Office 2000, that was actually a good program. Anyways, the changes are pretty underwhelming. And why do they keep assuming I want a minimalist interface? Also, with their XML gone, do we get another file extension? or are they going back to .doc?
A transferable license is also out. That means once you upgrade your computer you have to buy office all over again. So your options are: Upgrade to Office 365 ($99/annually), buy lots of Office 2013 licenses ($140 - $400), or get really good at Google Docs/Libre Office/etc.
First off, I was not impressed with the changes from 2010 to 2013. My recommendation to folks who use 2010 has been to not upgrade unless there was some feature they considered indispensable. I've since learned about Microsoft's draconian licensing strategy got 2013. If you buy it, you get a license for one (and I do mean ONE) computer. Once installed on a PC it can never be installed on another PC. Right. I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars for software that I have to toss when I get a new computer? NOT!! Personally, if I didn't have a TechNet subscription, I'd never have upgraded from 2010. I really believe that this is partly a MS ploy to get more revenue and partly to force folks to Office 365. Unfortunately for MS, this will only accelerate users' migration to other options. I feel that this is the death knell of Office xxxx.
I also miss the photo editor and regularly use the picture manager for doing minor picture editing (crop, resize, bmp -> JPEG conversions). The OXML standard used for the DOCX extension was not affected by the ruling. I really don't know how widely the custom XML feature was used. The article I read about it said that Office 2010 sold after a certain date also had this removed but I don't know if that is actually the case. I may have to look up the ruling just because I'm curious now.