It's hard to get excited about Microsoft Office, but you may at least feel somewhat enthusiastic over the latest version out today: You rent it instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars for it. You can pay $10 per month or $100 for a full year for an Office 365 subscription, and the rental scheme comes with a lot of perks. The entire suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the like) can be used on as many as five devices, including tablets and phones, or you can stream versions of the applications to any computer with an Internet connection. And it comes with free, automatic upgrades to future versions.
Your files sync as you work, across all devices, even if you're editing them on Office.com, and you can keep them even after you stop renting. Despite the fact that it's still Office, "it's the best version of Office," writes Sam Biddle on Gizmodo. Not sold? Fine, you can also buy a copy of the Office 2013 home version for $140, but it'll be locked down to one computer. Plus, "the whole point of the new subscription model is that the software is constantly being updated, just like a website or app," writes Joanna Stern on ABC News. But not everyone thinks you should shell out: This is an improvement (and clearly in response to the free Google Docs), but you probably don't need it, writes Adrian Covert on CNNMoney. (Read more Microsoft stories.)