If you’re one of many people who still use Windows XP, then don’t expect to use Microsoft’s new Office 2013, which is set to come out later this year. Microsoft recently announced that the flashy features in the next version of Office would only be available to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Of course, that also means that the small percentage of people who still use Windows Vista will be unable to use Office 2013 as well. But since these people are still using Windows Vista, they’re probably not too concerned about having the latest and greatest software.

Office 2013 isn’t necessarily a ‘killer app’, but it does have some cool features that will appeal to PC users. The interface is streamlined for touch-screen use, and popular programs like Word or Excel have been improved in a number of different (albeit minor) ways.

Of course, if you use Vista or XP and want to use Office 2013 when it comes out, then all hope is not lost. Microsoft is offering Windows 8 to any Windows users for just $39.99. That’s a pretty good upgrade deal for those who bought Windows XP over ten years ago.

Windows users (on Windows 7 and 8, of course) can get a sneak peek at the new Microsoft Office when a Consumer Preview version is released sometime over the next few weeks. If you want to try it out without upgrading to Windows 7, then you can always download the free Windows 8 Consumer Release preview, which will also let you see the wide range of features that Microsoft has included in their new operating system.

Whatever you choose to do, Microsoft is banking big money that people will like – and use – Windows 8. Until Windows 8 is released later this year, it’s too early to predict how it will perform on the market.

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