Say Goodbye to the Old
Let’s dive into some of the features that have removed as of PowerPoint 2013.
Although Microsoft claims the Equation Editor is officially discontinued on their official list of discontinued features for PowerPoint 2013, they have built in an easy way to insert equations. Simply click the Insert -> Equation button and start building out your equation (Figure 4). Frequently used equations can be added from the Equation button while more complex functions can be easily created using the symbols and other equation structures. Note - PowerPoint 2013 does allow you to edit equations in Equation Editor 3.0 to maintain backwards compatibility with earlier versions of PowerPoint so if you’re used to the Equation Editor you can still use it.
The Picture Manager was also removed in PowerPoint 2013. Microsoft replaced it with Windows Photo Gallery that is part of the free Windows Live Essentials pack. Another option to replace it is to install only Picture Manager from an earlier version of Office. Perform a custom installation and only select the Picture Manager from the Office Tools section.
Another large change is the removal of the Clip Organizer. Back when computers weren’t always online, Microsoft used to bundle vast amounts of clip art with each version of Office. Instead of taking up the space, Microsoft removed the clip organizer and lets you perform online clip art searches through the Insert Online Pictures button.
The final two main changes are the way in which people without PowerPoint view presentations. Instead of offering a PowerPoint 2013 viewer, Microsoft wants users to utilize the free PowerPoint Web app. Also, presentations are no longer able to be saved to HTML. Instead Microsoft wishes for people to save their presentations to SkyDrive and users can view the PowerPoint from the embedded web viewer.
As you can see, many new features have been introduced in PowerPoint 2013 while a few components have undergone significant changes or outright removal. Which new features are your favorites – and what do you think about the retiring of certain capabilities?