Word is filled to the brim with exciting features that make your life easier when working with your documents and provide new opportunities to try interesting, new things. As touch devices have started to become more commonly used, Microsoft decided to add touch support as well. It's also important to note that as a part of Office 2013, Word 2013 is more cloud-based than previous releases were.
Starting off the list of new features is something that can enhance your productivity by a long shot, or just provide you with a more peaceful looking interface for when you’re reading through documents, whether your own or others. When entering Read mode, the various things on your screen such as most of the user interface, the commands and other distracting features are virtually removed, transforming Word 2013 into a sort of book reader. Certain tools remain available though, such as Translate, Define and Search on Web, allowing you to gain information about what you’re reading despite being in a read-only mode.
When working with documents, it is often useful to zoom in and out to get a look at different perspectives. You can zoom in to take a close look at something, or zoom out to view your document in its entirety and see how things flow into one another - pretty standard. However, Object Zoom is a new feature that allows you to quickly get a closer look on something, perhaps a picture or the contents of a table where the text might become quite small and hard to read. You can easily double click (or double tap on touch-enabled devices,) and get a close-up view, and to return, you can easily just click or tap outside the object and return to where you were before.
If you use multiple devices throughout the day, this feature is for you. Because like other Office 2013 applications, Word 2013 is also catering to cloud-based file storage, when you access a document that is stored online, you can easily get back to viewing the file exactly where you left off last time even if you previously viewed it from an entirely different device. This allows you to get back to reading or reviewing a document at a fast speed, sparing you from having to spend up to several minutes trying to spot where you were.
Watch videos online
When you’re connected to the internet, you have the option to watch videos online right from within Word 2013 documents that contain online videos. This allows you to have an integrated video player, and you can easily just play and pause the embedded video without having to swap between different windows and access your web browser.
Expand and collapse
This feature is particularly useful when you're working with long documents. You can easily add sections which include an arrow used for expanding or collapsing the contents, meaning that you can give your readers a way to interact with your document and decide whether or not they want to engage with the contents further, or continue reading without being distracted by secondary information.
A lot of the new features introduced in Word 2013 are related to working simultaneously with other people on the same document. You can easily save and share files via the cloud, and work together with co-authors at the same time on the same documents. You can also use Simple Markup to track and revise changes made by people, and even write and reply to comments on the document, allowing you to interact with the people you’re working alongside with and discuss things straight from Word.