With all the celebration over the release of Office 2019, it might be easy to forget there are still other versions of Microsoft office available. Some people just aren’t ready to move to the new version. It might be a cost issue, it might be a resistance to upgrading to Windows 10, which is a requirement for Office 2019. Maybe you just don’t want all those great new features. Office 2013 is a good option. It’s less expensive than Office 2019 or its predecessor, Office 2016, but there are still a lot of powerful features designed to let you work smarter and faster. Office 2013 will run on all recent versions of Windows and has a great feature set that most users will be happy with.

Office 2013 comes in the standard editions. You can buy Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, or Office Professional 2013 and Professional Plus 2013. Each of these editions includes the flagship products, Word 2013, Excel 2013, and PowerPoint 2013. You get OneNote as well. The business versions of Office 2013 come with Access, the powerful database software from Microsoft, and Publisher 2013, a professional desktop publishing program. Professional Plus comes with Skype for Business. You also get Outlook in the business editions for great email management, contact organization, and appointment management.

Office 2013 has all the features most users are going to need. There’s cloud integration, a new read mode is introduced, and the ribbon is refined. There are also improvements to the tools you’ve grown used to using in Office. Here are a few more Office 2013 features you will likely find yourself using regularly.

PDF Editing

Office 2013 lets you open, edit, and save PDF files. This is great news. Editing PDF files can be a challenge, but in Office 2013, you can open, read, edit, and save PDF files and treat them like Word documents.

Recommended Charts in Excel

A new button called “Recommended Charts” in the Insert tab of Excel 2013. Speeds up the process of creating charts in Excel. When you select data in your worksheet and click this button, the most suitable charts for your data will be recommended. You can choose the recommended chart and then customize it.

Flash Fill in Excel

Flash Fill is a new feature of Excel 2013 that recognizes patterns you start to make with your data functions and automatically fills in the rest of the column based on the pattern established in the first cell. You don’t have to work with complex formulas to achieve this. Excel pays attention to what you do and automatically applies the same properties to other data you enter. The feature can be turned off, but it is a great timesaver.

Precision selection

Easily select and deselect extraneous cells, clean up cells, and format better spreadsheets. This is a great tool for applying consistency throughout your spreadsheets.

Read Mode in Word

Word 2013 introduces Read Mode that displays documents in an easy-to-read book-like format. In this mode, the document is divided into columns while editing tools (the ribbon and toolbars) are removed to minimize distractions. Users can scroll through the document by sliding horizontally with fingers. Read with more focus and concentrate better on the work at hand.

Online picture Support

Users can insert photos, pictures, and videos from the web (YouTube, Bing Video, Flickr, and SkyDrive) directly into Office 2013. You can resize videos by dragging the corners or sides. There is also a little pop-up tab next to the frame for selecting the layout options. This is a great way to spice up your documents and create more interactive documents.

Improved Presenter View in PowerPoint

The Presenter View is highly improved in PowerPoint 2013 with some new features. Presenters have greater control over the slideshow when delivering a presentation. Slide navigator lets the presenter jump to slides without exiting the slideshow. Thee magnifying glass can be used to zoom in charts, diagrams, or any other element to bring attention to specific components of the presentation.The pen and laser pointer tools let the presenter highlight areas for attention.

In addition to the tools you expect, Office 2013 delivers some high performance extras that make it worth the price. You get great savings by going with Office 2013 over Office 2016 or Office 2019. Our recommendation, however, is that you think about whether or not the features here will do what you need them to do. It’s a great office suite and still valid, but there is a big jump in feature set between Office 2013 and Office 2016. If you are a casual user, Office 2013 will probably be all you need, but if you are a business or an advanced user who wants to save money and doesn’t want Office 2019, Office 2016 might still be the best way for you to go.

The bottom line is this; if you are looking for a powerful version of Microsoft Office but don’t want to move to the most recent version, Office 2013 is a great alternative. You can save money and still have a lot of the advanced features you’d like to have. Office 2013 is a power-packed office suite that will give you the tools you need to work the way you want to work. Save money, increase productivity, and work smarter.