Microsoft Released Office 2013 on January 29th, and now, 4 months later, we're starting to see wider adoption. We now offer private Office 2013 classes, and later this year, we will offer them on our public calendar too.

Office 2013 offers several enhancements over previous versions of the software, but the biggest difference is with the overall look and feel.

Office 2013 was designed to suit both the traditional mouse/monitor interface and the touch screen tablet interface. Icons are larger and easier to select, and the quality of graphics has been scaled back.

In the old Office 2010 version, rich pictograms and shading added dimension to the ribbon. In favor of a sleeker, faster-loading experience, Office 2013 has been designed with 2 dimensional images that load more quickly but are less attractive.

Microsoft's Cloud

UPDATE: SkyDrive is now known and OneDrive

Microsoft Office 2013 is strongly integrated with SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud solution. Users can now save up to 7 Gigs of documents directly into the cloud for free.

SkyDrive is more than just storage. It also offers access to your documents from any computer or device using Office Web Apps, which is a lite, on-line version of the Office suite.

A user can save a document directly to the cloud (SkyDrive) from a work computer, edit the document using her Android tablet on the bus, then email it from her smart phone later that night.

Although there were some minor changes to functionality in PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook, the biggest difference is again the design or look and feel of the program. There are, however, some interesting innovations with Excel. See those changes at this link.