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What's New in the Office 2013 Productivity Suite, and Should You Move to It?

Published: 21 October 2014

ID: G00269008

Analyst(s): Guy Creese


Microsoft released Office 2013 (and an affiliated Office 365 ProPlus subscription service) in early 2013 and has made several significant updates since. This document summarizes the changes from Office 2010 and recommends when to move to Office 2013 and when to stay with previous versions of Office.

Table Of Contents



  • What's New in the Office 2013 Productivity Suite?
    • For Users: Changes to the Office Suite and Applications
    • For Administrators: Changes to Delivery, Monitoring, Licensing and Pricing
    • For Developers: Changes to the Development Model
  • What's Missing in the Office 2013 Productivity Suite?
    • Apps for Office Does Not Support the Full Suite
    • Licensing Needs to Continually Adjust to the Way That People Work
  • The Office 2013 Productivity Suite: Its Impact on Different Audiences
    • Users
    • Administrators
    • Developers


  • If You're Still Running Office 2003, Move to Office 2007, 2010 or 2013
  • If Office 2007 or Office 2010 Is Sufficient and Paid for, Don't Move to Office 2013
  • Move to Office 2013 for Employees Using Windows-Based Touchscreens
  • Move to Office 365 ProPlus to Streamline Upgrading
  • Move to Office 2013 to Get a Standards-Based Office Development Model

The Details

  • New Office 2013 Application Features
    • New Access 2013 Features
    • New Excel 2013 Features
    • New InfoPath 2013 Features
    • New Lync 2013 Features
    • New OneNote 2013 Features
    • New Outlook 2013 Features
    • New PowerPoint 2013 Features
    • New Publisher 2013 Features
    • New Word 2013 Features
    • New Office Online Capabilities
  • Features and Products That Are Removed in Office 2013
  • Where to Find Information About Office 2013 on

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