OK, so maybe you’re using an earlier version of Microsoft’s venerable suite of Office applications and thinking about upgrading (special note: Office 2003 reaches its official “End of Support” soon, in April 2014). And you’re wondering what new features the latest version of Office 2013 offers that will make your life easier and more productive. Or maybe you have the latest version of Office and you want to find an easy way to explore its new features. Either way, I think I have what you’re looking for.

One of my favorite websites, MakeUseOf (www.makeuseof.com) regularly amazes me with postings of all kinds of helpful information. A recent one I discovered is their “Office 2013 Guide and Review,” a collection of new features that are being introduced in all the Office apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, SkyDrive, etc. Even if you already have Office 2013 on your computer, I’m willing to bet you can find some bits and pieces in this downloadable guide that you weren’t even aware existed!

Go to http://bit.ly/1azANyw for a downloadable guide you can save for reference in the days and weeks ahead.

And if you haven’t yet been exposed to the newest Microsoft Windows operating system, there’s a really good “Getting Started Guide to Windows 8” that should help you out. Just go to http://bit.ly/Hdnegg.