Here’s the actual bit of news you need to know: Microsoft Office 2013 is completely revamped and modern, and comes in two versions. First, there’s Office 2013, which is your normal Word, Excel, OneNote and Powerpoint suite for $139. Home and Business adds Outlook for $219, while the top-of-the-line Professional package includes all of the aforementioned Office 2013 apps, along with Access and Publisher for $399.
But what if you like the cloud? Well, there’s Office 365: a cloud solution with no disc which costs $99 per year (and comes with 20GB of SkyDrive storage), with new software updates for free, which gets you authorization to install the software on up to 5 PCs and Macs, with the option to remove a computer in order to free up a license. Now you’ll finally be able to trick out your new Microsoft design scheme with Windows 8, if that’s appealing to you.