Microsoft Office 2013 was released to the public in January 2013. It’s the successor to Microsoft Office 2010 and requires Windows 7 or later to use. Office 2013 boasts a variety of user interface updates, more cloud-based functionality, and support for touch-based devices. Office 2013 will come standard with Windows RT but not for Windows 8. Office 2013 can be bought standalone or as part of the Office 365 subscription service.

Let’s take a look at Microsoft Office 2013.

What’s new in Microsoft Office 2013?


Office 2013 is all about the cloud in many ways. You can now save directly to your Microsoft SkyDrive account instead of just to your computer or removable media. There have been many behind the scenes changes to formats and encryption to become more standard throughout the productivity suite universe.

You can read more about the changes to Office 2013 at Microsoft’s website.

What was removed from Microsoft Office 2013?

The major things removed from Office 2013 include: SharePoint, Clip Organizer, and the Picture Manager were completely removed from the Office engine. Previous versions of the chart styles most users will be familiar with were also removed to make room for the new way Office products visualize charts and graphs.

Which should Office 2013 version you buy?

In order to use Microsoft Office 2013, you’ll need to meet the following system requirements:

CPU: 1 GHz, IA-32 or x64 with SSE2

Hard drive: 3.0 GB free space

OS: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

RAM: IA-32 (1 GB) or x64 (2 GB)

Software: .NET Framework 3.5 or higher

Depending on what you’re looking to do and get from Microsoft Office 2013, you could better utilize one version over another.

Here’s a breakdown of what each version comes with:


Do you have to upgrade to Office 2013?

Microsoft Office 2013 is one of the biggest upgrades to the Office Suite in over a decade. If you’re using an older version, such as Office 2007, it may time for an upgrade. If you bought Office 2010 recently, you may be eligible to get Office 2013 for free by visiting Microsoft’s website. At the end of the day, if you’re looking for all the new features Office 2013 is offering, it may be time for that upgrade.

Buy Microsoft Office 2013.