If you hadn’t noticed yet, Microsoft have released their latest update to their popular office productivity suite, Microsoft Office. The latest release, Office 2013 is an impressive update from the last release. Apart from the major user interface overhaul, they have also added some incredibly cool new features. One feature that intrigued us most was the introduction of Apps for Office.
Office 2013 allows you to insert and add additional functionality to your documents in the shape of apps. To give you a flavour of what is now possible in your Office suite, we’ve pulled our top 10 favourite apps for Office and located them in one handy location (yes, here!). We’ll do our best not to be too biased and choose the very best apps to improve your Office experience.
- Modern Calendar & Date Picker Add-in for Excel
Hot off the press, this is our latest app that has just been approved and is now available in the Apps for Office Store. We really think you’ll like this useful little app. Not only does it act as a nice calendar that can be shared and live with your Excel documents, but it also allows you to insert date and times into your documents in a simple and easy to use fashion.
Price: $1.49 (FREE Trial)
- Percentage Calculator
Ok, ok, I know… I said I would be unbiased, but c’mon what did you expect? With all respect though, the Percentage Calculator developer by yours truly is a simple, yet impressively useful app for Office.The Percentage Calculator app is available for Word & Excel 2013 and is designed to help you easily solve those pesky percentage calculations that tend to take up too much brain power than they are worth. It will also allow you to insert your results into your document and even convert a range of cells with a simple click of a button!Price: Free
- Britannica Researcher
Probably one of our favourite apps in the Office Store today. The Britannica Researcher app from Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc lets you search and browse over 80,000 articles on everything from A-Rod to Zebras. Their contributors include over 100 Nobel Laureates plus subject gurus like Bill Clinton, Tony Hawk and Desmond Tutu. The app allows you to search, find and insert content and images directly into your document.Price: $4.99
- Bing Maps
The Bing Maps app for Excel 2013 is developed by the Office creators, Microsoft. It is a great example of how interactive your documents can become when an app for Office content application is included in a document. Bing Maps app for Office helps you use location data from a given column and plot it on a Bing Map. It also provides basic data visualization using your location data.Price: Free
- Mini Calendar and Date Picker
We love the simple apps and this app is probably the greatest of the simple apps on the Office Store today. If you ever used Excel add-ins in the past, probably top of your list was a date picker add-in. Well Vertex 42 have successfully ported a Mini Calendar and Date Picker to the app for Office model. Simple, yet incredibly powerful – a must have app for Excel.Price: $1.99
Bubble app is another example of how you can make excel data more exciting and interactive. The Bubbles app for Office lets you visualize your data in a fun and interactive way. Your data is represented as bubbles of different sizes and colors with realistic physics behaviors. Select a table of data and see bubbles sizes represent the number of times each distinct value appears.Price: Free
- Sticky Notes for Office
I’m sorry, but I had to include this amazingly cool app! It’s not my fault we built it!! The Sticky Notes app for Office is a very handy addition to your Word or Excel documents. You can create multiple notes, which when saved are remembered the next time you load the app and even across applications. Of course, this really cool app is FREE!!! Get it now! Price: Free
- OmniPage File Converter
The OmniPage File Converter fromNuance Communications is a really powerful app. Take advantage of the world’s most accurate OCR technology to quickly extract text from image files and insert it into your Microsoft Word document. The OmniPage File Converter will give you the productivity boost you’ve been looking for by preventing you from having to retype documents so you can get things done faster and more efficiently. You can scan images or PDFs and edit them directly in your Word 2013 document.Price: Free
The MindMapper app allows you to create Mind Maps directly in your office applications. Mind mapping is a great way to add structure to brainstorming sessions and visualize your ideas. Brainstorm, organize, and manage directly in your Office application, using a built in visual canvas. This app is truly impressive and extremely useful, it should be in everyone’s Office Toolbox.Price: $2.99 (Free trial available)
- Bing Dictionary
What would Office be without a decent dictionary? Well a lot really, but you should never under estimate the power of a good dictionary. And that’s exactly what Bing Dictionary is. Bing Dictionary allows you to look up words from highlighting the word in your document. This instantly invokes a search for that word or phrase and displays the results in the right hand side of your application.Price: Free
- Pro Word Cloud
Want to create beautiful looking Word Clouds to insert into your Office applications? Then Pro Word Cloud is the app for you. It allows you to create word clouds from directly from the text within your document. You can tweak your clouds with different sizes, fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create are yours to use as you like. And the best bit is that it’s free!Price: Free
So there you have it, our favourite apps for Office 2013 to date. We will constantly update this list when ever better apps come online. We’ll also cover apps for Outlook and apps for SharePoint shortly – so please stay tuned!