Microsoft's Remodeled Office

Office has a nifty, new look and feel, and a handy "command ribbon," but it's not a must-have for ordinary users

Longtime users of Microsoft Office are in for a shock when they get their first look at the new version, which goes on sale Jan. 30. Almost everything familiar about Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs has changed. It's not a bad face-lift, on the whole, but there are important issues to consider before you upgrade to the new suite.

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