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Content across all five devices will be synced, meaning that you can create a Word document on your PC and edit on your tablet, and Microsoft will automatically update the software as new versions become available. (It's worth noting that the Office 365 debuted in 2011, but the early version focused on companies and students. This new iteration, Office 365 Home Premium, takes aim at everyone in between.) 

Daunted by the possibility of forking over a hundred bucks a year for X amount of years? Worry not. You can still get a Traditional Home and Student Office 2013 suite for a one-time fee of $140; a Home and Business package will set you back $220. 

"This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service with all the full-featured Office applications people know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits," Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer said in a statement.

The new Office has been kicking around since last July, when it debuted in beta form. For the most part, reviews of the software have been positive, with critics singling out the welcome addition of the app store, the varied storage options, and the clean, clear look of the interface. 

"Office 2013 is a top-notch product: fast, intuitive and feature-rich," concludes Dana Wollman of Engadget. "All of the new features work as promised, and are easy to get the hang of. At the same time, since the UI is similar to the previous version, it should be easy to master if you're upgrading from Office 2010." 

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