We got some advance warning on Microsoft’s new Office 2013 and even had some hands-on time with the software. Here’s how you can get a preview version of your own.

Just go to the Microsoft landing page for the new software suite and click the big, green “Sign up” button. This will give you access to Office 365 Home Premium Preview, “a new service that gives you a full-featured version of Office.”

You’ll need to be running Windows 7 or better to use the suite. Using your Microsoft account (which is free to sign up for, if you don’t already have one), you can then download and install or re-install Office on your computer.

If you choose to stay signed in, you’ll be able to save any documents you create directly to the cloud via Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

Our own reviewer called the new Office “a modern, touch-friendly, and cloud-connected version” of Microsoft’s productivity and professional software suite. Truly, we’ve found the software to be remarkably slick and a joy to use so far.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new interfaces and features in Microsoft Office 2013:

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