Upgrade from Word 2013 to Word in Office 365

Still using Word 2013? Bring out your best writing with Word in Office 365.
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What’s new with Word in Office 365?

Bring out your best writing
Bring out your best writing

Go from blank page to polished document in no time with the Researcher and Editor tools.

Co-author with anyone anywhere
Co-author with anyone anywhere

Invite others to edit and comment, manage access, and keep track of versions.

Take Word on the go
Take Word on the go

Review and edit files at work, home, or anywhere in between with mobile apps.

Always up to date
Always up to date

Get exclusive, new features and security updates available only for Word in Office 365.

Compare Word 2013 and Word with Office 365

Improved formatting features

New image effects, text capabilities, and editing features make it easier than ever to create polished documents.

PDF conversion

Open PDF documents in Word to edit paragraphs and tables and create your own Word documents.

Collaborate with anyone

Easily share files and co-author simultaneously. Always have the latest version backed up on OneDrive, with 1TB of secure cloud storage.

Take Word on the go

Review and edit documents from anywhere with the Office mobile apps. Enjoy a familiar user experience on iOS®, Android™ and Windows mobile devices.

Advanced research features

Built in tools like Smart Lookup and Researcher let you find contextual information from the web without leaving your document.

Language assistance tools

In-app translation of over 60 languages empowers communication and, the Read Aloud feature helps improve accessibility and reading skills.

Write your best resume

Word automatically pulls in industry keywords and relevant job descriptions from LinkedIn to help you craft a more compelling resume.

Always up to date

Always have the latest Office apps, features, and services.

Improved formatting features

New image effects, text capabilities, and editing features make it easier than ever to create polished documents.

PDF conversion

Open PDF documents in Word to edit paragraphs and tables and create your own Word documents.

Collaborate with anyone

Easily share files and co-author simultaneously. Always have the latest version backed up on OneDrive, with 1TB of secure cloud storage.

Take Word on the go

Review and edit documents from anywhere with the Office mobile apps. Enjoy a familiar user experience on iOS®, Android™ and Windows mobile devices.

Advanced research features

Built in tools like Smart Lookup and Researcher let you find contextual information from the web without leaving your document.

Language assistance tools

In-app translation of over 60 languages empowers communication and, the Read Aloud feature helps improve accessibility and reading skills.

Write your best resume

Word automatically pulls in industry keywords and relevant job descriptions from LinkedIn to help you craft a more compelling resume.

Always up to date

Always have the latest Office apps, features, and services.

Compare Word 2013 and Word with Office 365

Word in Office 365

*included with Office 365

Word 2013

Improved formatting features New image effects, text capabilities, and editing features make it easier than ever to create polished documents.
PDF conversion Open PDF documents in Word to edit paragraphs and tables and create your own Word documents.
Collaborate with anyone Easily share files and co-author simultaneously. Always have the latest version backed up on OneDrive, with 1TB of secure cloud storage.
Take Word on the go Review and edit documents from anywhere with the Office mobile apps. Enjoy a familiar user experience on iOS®, Android™ and Windows mobile devices.
Advanced research features Built in tools like Smart Lookup and Researcher let you find contextual information from the web without leaving your document.
Language assistance tools In-app translation of over 60 languages empowers communication and, the Read Aloud feature helps improve accessibility and reading skills.
Write your best resume Word automatically pulls in industry keywords and relevant job descriptions from LinkedIn to help you craft a more compelling resume.
Always up to date Always have the latest Office apps, features, and services.

Word in Office 365

*included with Office 365

Word 2013

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Office 2013 include applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. They’re available as a one-time purchase for use on a single PC.


Office 365 plans include premium versions of these applications plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including online storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes for home use. With Office 365 you get the full, installed Office experience on PCs, Macs, tablets (including iPad® and Android™ tablet) and phones. Office 365 plans are available as a monthly or annual subscription. Learn more.

See system requirements for compatible versions of Windows and macOS, and for other feature requirements.

You don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, because the applications are fully installed on your computer.


However, Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Office 365 subscription plans. For Office 365 plans, Internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive, unless you install the OneDrive desktop app.

You should also connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and benefit from automatic upgrades. If you don’t connect to the Internet at least every 31 days, your applications will go into reduced functionality mode, which means that you can view or print your documents but cannot edit the documents or create new ones. To reactivate your Office applications, reconnect to the Internet.

Yes. Documents that you have created belong fully to you. You can choose to store them online on OneDrive or locally on your PC or Mac.


If you cancel your subscription or it expires, you can still access and download all your files by signing in to OneDrive directly using the Microsoft account you used to set up Office 365. You do lose the additional storage that comes with your subscription, so you must save your files elsewhere or buy more OneDrive storage if your OneDrive account exceeds the free storage quota.

If you purchase an auto-renew subscription, your subscription starts when you complete your purchase. You can purchase auto-renew subscriptions from Office365.com, MicrosoftStore.com, iTunes®, and some other retailers. If you purchase a pre-paid subscription, your subscription starts when you activate your subscription and land on your My Account page. You can purchase pre-paid subscriptions from a retailer or reseller, or a Microsoft support agent.

If you have an active Office 365 Home subscription, you can share it with up to four members of your household. Each household member you share your subscription with can use any of your available installs on their PCs, Macs, iPads, Android tablets, Windows tablets, iPhones® or Android phones, get an additional 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and manage their own installs from www.office.com/myaccount.


To add someone to your subscription, visit www.office.com/myaccount and follow the onscreen instructions to add a user. Each person you add will receive an email with the steps they need to follow. Once they have accepted and completed the steps, their information, including the installs they are using, will appear on your My Account page. You can stop sharing your subscription with someone or remove a device they are using at www.office.com/myaccount.

“The cloud” is a friendly way of describing web-based computing services that are hosted outside of your home or organization. When you use cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off your property (off-premises), and is maintained by a third party (hosted), instead of residing on a server at your home or business (on-premises) that you maintain. With Office 365, for example, information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft. Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud—everything from web-based email to mobile banking and online photo storage. Because this infrastructure is located online or “in the cloud,” you can access it virtually anywhere, from a PC, tablet, smartphone, or other device with an Internet connection.

Word 2013 resources

Word 2013 help topics

Find user guides, training, and other support for Word 2013.

Other versions of Office

Learn about other versions of Office and how you can upgrade to the new Office 365.

Download Office 2013

Download and install Office 2013 using an existing product key.

An Office 365 subscription unlocks the most up-to-date premium version of Word on all your devices. Previous versions include Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word 2007.

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