Pros Graphics: beautiful.
Easy to use/
Works great full screen.
Is good for reading documents, not just editing.
All the great VBA features of past Office editions.
It beats the pants off of Google Docs.
PowerPoint has a new, better presentation mode.
Cons None that I have found in several months of use.
Summary Office 2013 is the best version of Office yet. Never have I used such an enjoyable office suite. And compared to the "free" Google Docs, you save lots of aggravation by paying for Office 2013, which runs smoother, functions better, is more reliable, and now even has online availability! There's no contest: Office 2013 is a winner!
Pros None found
Cons Cost too high. I have been trying for 2 days to get powerpoint to work. It deletes my ppnt photos constantly and makes me save the same file into new named files every 10-15 min. Tech support can't help and have to wait 2 business days for more help
Summary Have owned microsoft 2013 office for 2 days and still unable to use powerpoint after 3 attempts with tech support. Will have to wait another 2 business days for level 2 tech support. Other users have had the error message "image part with relationship ID rID2 was not found in the file" occur to them as well. When working on a project, when you attempt to save it as you go along it works a few times and then makes you save it under a new file name.
Pros Have found 1. You can quickly switch the ribbon on and off. not find any yet. Battle your ass of to get other things going.
Cons Horrible to work with. No ribbon when you open applications and you are forced to go to a page with a stupid bunch of templates. Outlook game straight from the grave yard! No idea where the hell you are. Excel - stupid part of a blank worksheet.
Summary This is surely one of the best attempts of Microsoft to **** people really off. The most bland of all their software and hover just below Vista. Even a squatter camp have more colour and clarity than Office 2013
Pros Several pricing options to choose from, 365 offers the full Office experience with some extra goodies for subscribers, simple and effective interface, touch friendly, cool new features across all Office apps
Cons None that I can think of
Summary I use Office for home and business uses. I'm not a power user, but I have a decent competency with the suite of software. Office 2013 as both a disc and cloud-based option is incredible. I started using it on my Surface RT (which is a little limited in comparison but still a good comparison to the full deal) and have loved it. The 365 option is what puts it over the top for me. $99 a year (or $9.99 a month if you'd rather) gives you Office on up to 5 machines whether you're running Mac or Windows OS. That's a deal maker and an incredible move by Microsoft to support their customer base regardless of platform. While the Mac version doesn't include ALL of the apps, there's plans to release them in the coming year. What you can get with the Home Premium package would cost you $500 with Office 2010 Professional, but you get the cloud-support, 20GB extra of Skydrive storage, and Skype minutes to boot. Not only that, the 2010 Professional package gave only 2 licenses, where (again) this new 365 Home Premium package offers 5 licenses and is cross-platform. I mean, if you can't get on board with this, I don't know what you're looking for. A fantastic deal, worth every penny, and even some of these new features (Sparklines in Excel, Presenter View in Powerpoint) are pretty nifty.
Pros At every turn 2013 pushes you to Skydrive (the cloud) where you can store your files. That's great, if you have an internet connection, great if you need a back up. But some many want to store files on their COMPUTER!
Cons Where do I start... I've upgraded to 98, 2000, xp, 2007, 2010 and 2013, for my job. The 2007, that's where it started, 2013 is the worst. Let's play find the resource or button. Oops wrong again, it's not there anymore silly...
Summary MS designers just spit on legacy users. They place a pistol to one software package after another, and pull the trigger. It's amazing, Office, Windows, Explorer - if I wasn't so invested in the platform it would be hilarious. I'm not laughing.