Microsoft unveiled Office 2013 consumer preview and according to the CEO of the company, this is the most ambitious release of Microsoft Office that ever done. Office 2013 is having lot many new features including inbuilt PDF reader and editor i.e. now MS Word can open and edit PDF documents. Apart from that, Skype integration is also a cool feature which allows users to collaborate with other users or teammates using this VOIP service. Microsoft also incorporated Cloud features like SkyDrive integration and Office 365 integration with this version. But if your computer is running older version of Windows like XP or Vista, you will not be able to run Office 2013. It is made for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
According to the system requirement section released by Microsoft for Office 2013, you need Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 to install and run the Office applications. Microsoft has already said that they will discontinue the support for Windows XP from April 2014. Company will continue support for Vista till 2017 but they are fully aware that wither most of the Vista users upgraded to Windows 7 or shifted to Mac. Yeah, we all know the reason behind.
Lot many companies are still using Windows XP as they don’t see any loss in keeping it as it is. Individuals who are running Windows XP are either having old configuration computer or they don’t want to invest in Windows 7 upgrade. Office 2013 is a cool upgrade with new features and touch friendly layout but still Office 2007 and 2010 are sufficient for daily documentation and even for complex tasks and presentation. I always recommend to try new features and application but it depends whether you want to invest in that or not. If you are fine with Office 2007, there is not any critical need to upgrade to 2013. BUT I would definitely suggest you to upgrade from XP or Vista to Windows 7 not just because of Office 2013 compatibility but for overall performance improvement. Windows 7 is no doubt the best upgrade released by Microsoft after XP.
After seeing Windows 8 release preview, I don’t think there would be an urge for definite upgrade from Windows 7 to 8. But if you are still using XP or Vista, wait till October, 2012 to get an official copy of Windows 8.