Microsoft Office 2013 gets a whole new look (pictures)
With a new look and apps that are optimized for the touch-screen technology of Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft Office offers tons of tweaks that make it easier to use than ever.
Pick your template at launch
Office 2013 was released today with the general availability of both desktop versions and the cloud-connected Office 365 Home Premium. Sporting a new look and ready for the touch-screen technology of Windows 8, the latest version of the productivity suite offers tons of tweaks that make it easier to use than ever.
From new Start Pages for several of the apps in the suite, you can pick from a large number of premade templates so you never have to start from scratch.
The Ribbon is still here and offers a wealth of tools across each tab as it detects the most common uses for the content you have selected. But if you don't like the Ribbon, you now have the option to hide it and only bring it back when you need it.
In making the new Office ready for touch screens, Microsoft streamlined many of the most common tasks to require only a couple of clicks. One of the new features of Excel is that you can highlight data and have the software recommend the best chart or graph to represent that data.
Before you enter your first bullet point, you can choose from several colorful layouts to create eye-popping presentations. If you don't like your initial choice, you'll be able to switch templates on the fly and choose from several variants, and your content will automatically move to the right place.
OneNote is still the king of simultaneous collaboration in Microsoft Office 2013, but to get more people to use the software, Microsoft has added an onscreen tutorial covering the best (and also some lesser-known) uses of the software.