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The ribbon interface is a cleaned-up version of the earlier ribbons, and doesn't take much getting used to. It now has a smiley face you can click on to tell Steve Balmer if you're happy or sad. How many engineer-years did this new 'feature' take to develop? The old animated paper clip was more fun.
Some stupid things have not been fixed yet. More later.
The software will work with a touch screen and cloud storage, which I am not yet ready for, and is optimized for Windows 8 -- due in the fall.
I am curious to see if Word 2013 hyphenates better than Word 2007 and 2010 -- e.g., not providing "the-rapist" for "therapist."
Installation was fast and glitch-free.
You can read some comments and get a free trial download here.
Microsoft's own page