Microsoft has released a new version of the Office suite. Over the course of the summer, we will be evaluating when we should migrate to the new version. The new version is 2013 and while it has a lot of the same features, the user interface has been updated.
The new version has already shown up on new computers and students, faculty, and staff are able to purchase Office 365 which includes Office 2013 for their personal computers. Microsoft always allows for backward compatibility and in this case it is no different. Office 2013 will be able to open older versions and there is a conversion tool available to be able to open 2013 files on older installations.
By July, we will have reviewed Office 2013 to determine if there are issues that would delay us to a later date for the update.