Pros Subscription model is a great innovation for consumer type users.
Cons UI redesign makes it impossible to use in a multi-window environment.
Summary MS has thrown its base of corporate customers overboard in favour of the consumer market.
This incredibly ill-conceived UI redesign was driven by marketing types who have no idea what the Office suite is actually used for. While the UI design is clearly designed for small single-window tablets and phones, it's hard to imagine that any serious user of the suite would use it exclusively on those tiny screens.
A repair to the problem would be incredibly simple, just two simple changes. Firstly, restore the colored border around the app window, in a color that contrasts with the rest of the window contents. Secondly, restore the contrasting delineation of the area that is clicked to drag the window around the screen. The people who put these design elements into Windows many versions ago knew what they were doing! To eliminate those elements is basically to abandon the entire multi-window concept.
Pros I haven't been able to truly experience any.
Cons Lack of comfortable display choices. Only very bright poorly contrasted themes available. For me a deal breaker.
Summary The Office 2013 display themes are all very bright and for me very uncomfortable to work with. Even the so-called theme "Dark Gray" isn't dark at all on my PC flat screen and laptop display. I work doing data analysis for hours at a time. I don't last for more than 30 minutes before eye strain sets in with the awful choices available. I've tried every combination of brightness and contrast and nothing is usable for the amount of time I need to be looking at this thing. The Office 2010 themes were very usable. Why not continue them?
For something that costs nearly $500 I expect more. A read of the MS forums shows I'm very much not alone. The response from MS on this subject appears to be lacking any sensitivity to the needs of their users. Shame for lack of a comfortable display theme, as in Office 2010, I'm sending this back. No matter how nice all the new stuff is, for me, it's unusable. I think it could become an OSHA issue to ask my employees to use this, so I'm not going to. We'll just keep what we have and perhaps just wait for something better.
Pros More oriented toward social networking and cloud computing.
Integrates all your devices better
Cons More to get used to - again
Summary I have never been one to shy away from learning new things so this new Office does not bother me. I am working with both Office 2013 and Office 360 which is really a nice addition to the family. I don't care what iPhone lovers say; these two products beat anything Apple has out there in spades. I'm using Office 2013 on my desktop and my Windows Phone and together they make beautiful music!
Pros Finally I am able to get the same subscription based pricing I use at my work! And the ablilty to use it on 5 computers at the same time is icing one the preverbial cake.
Cons None subscription based pricing is high
Summary Overall a well polished software suite.
Pros Cleaner interface
Polished for productivity
Cons Not free, but who wants ads?
Summary Well worth the investment for home and professional users.