• In the new read mode, text reflows automatically in columns for easier on-screen reading. Fewer menus mean higher focus on your content, accompanied only by tools that add value to your reading.
• Open a PDF in Word and enjoy editing content, such as paragraphs, lists and tables, as if you created it in Word.
• Show your style and professionalism with templates, plus save time. Browse Word templates in more than 40 categories.
• In Excel 2013 each workbook has its own window, making it easier to work on two workbooks at once. It also makes life easier when you're working on two monitors.
• You'll find several new functions in the math and trigonometry, statistical, engineering, date and time, lookup and reference, logical and text function categories.
• The new Recommended Charts button on the Insert tab lets you pick from a variety of charts that are right for your data. Related types of charts like scatter and bubble charts are under one umbrella.
• Smoothly draw, erase and edit with your finger, stylus or mouse on any touch-capable device, such as a Tablet PC or a Windows 8 tablet or slate PC. If you need to share your handwritten notes and care about legibility, OneNote can automatically convert your handwriting to text.
• The improved Send to OneNote tool makes it easier than ever to clip whatever you're seeing on your screen, send a Web page or an entire document to a notebook section or to jot down Quick Notes that are automatically saved and filed as part of your notebook.
• You can attach just about any computer file to any part of your notes, which stores a copy of the file in your notebook. You can also create or import Excel spreadsheets and Visio diagrams right within OneNote and edit their information in place in your notes.
• Presenter View allows you to see your notes on your monitor while the audience only sees the slide. In previous releases, it was difficult to figure out who saw what on which monitor. The improved Presenter View fixes that headache and makes it simpler to work with.
• No more eyeballing objects on your slides to see if they're lined up. Smart Guides automatically appear when your objects, such as pictures, shapes and more, are close to even and they also tell you when objects are spaced evenly.
• PowerPoint now supports more multimedia formats, such as .mp4 and .mov with H.264 video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio and more high-definition content. PowerPoint 2013 includes more built-in codecs so you don't have to install them for certain file formats to work.
• The People Card collects all the key details about a contact in one place: phone, email, address, company info, social media updates, even whether they're available. From the card, you can schedule a meeting, send an instant message or give them a call, making it a one-stop-shop for all communication.
• Your calendar can tell you much more than just the time of your next appointment. You can add your local weather forecast right there in Calendar view, along with current conditions.
• Receive push-based email, appointments and contacts from Outlook.com and Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) - all conveniently delivered right into your Outlook experience.
• Simply type what you need to track and Access uses table templates to deliver an app that does the job.
• Never again get "lost in the data." A standardized app framework makes navigating apps familiar and easy.
• Entering data accurately is a breeze with drop-down menus and recommendations that appear when you begin typing.
• Create dynamic publications in very little time when you insert and customize prebuilt building blocks of content, both built-in and from the Publisher community, directly from Publisher 2013. Choose from an array of page parts-such as sidebars and stories-as well as calendars, borders, advertisements and more.
• Use professional-looking effects for text, shapes and pictures, including softer shadows, reflections and OpenType features such as ligatures and stylistic alternates.
• Use Publisher to search your online albums on Facebook, Flickr and other services and add pictures directly to the document, without having to save them first.