Windows: Want to try out the latest version of Microsoft Office for free? Microsoft has just released a consumer preview so you can check out what's new with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher.
The new version is optimised for Windows 8 and offers cloud-enabled features via SkyDrive for easy document sharing. One feature we really like the sound of: templates, dictionaries and other setting roam between devices without requiring complex messing around. As expected, Skype has been incorporated into the bundle. OneNote (and Lync) operate in a Metro-style interface, which is likely to require some adjustment. (Anyone for next-generation Ribbon panic?)
If you want to check it out, just head over to Microsoft, sign up, and download. (As you'd expect, the site is very popular at the moment so you might have to try a few times.) It only works on Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines, but you can install up to five copies from a single sign-in. Check out our full overview for a more in-depth guide.
Office 2013 Consumer Preview [Microsoft]