With great anticipation and a little bit of anxiety, many of us look forward to the next version of any software we use regularly, but especially PowerPoint since we practically live in it at school or work! Will the new features be helpful? Or will they take away a command that has been a lifesaver for the past few years?Good news: PowerPoint 2013 is definitely an evolution (not a revolution), with a focus on making it easier to use.Beyond user interface changes to align with the Windows 8 look and feel, here are the Top 10 new features of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 to be excited about:1) Add Video, Pictures and Audio from the WebPowerPoint 2010 allowed you to add multimedia elements from the internet, but you had to deal with code. Most of us don’t have time for that and Microsoft agrees – you can now add video, images and sound files from the web without code or even saving on your hard drive or desktop first.2) Sharing PowerPoint OnlineNo need for a LiveMeeting anymore to share your presentation! Instead, you can send a link to your PowerPoint or use Microsoft Lync with audio. And best of all, your audience can be on an iPad at the beach using Lync or the Office Presentation Service, which is free!3) Template Color SchemesMaking an existing template your own is easier because you can change the color scheme in one click instead of manually changing each color. When you select a template in PowerPoint 2013, the different color schemes that are available will pop-up – just choose the one you want! But don’t worry – you can still go back and change the colors manually too if that shade of cerulean just isn’t right.4) Presenter View ImprovementsThe Presenter View was not widely used in older versions of PowerPoint because it wasn’t the default and most people didn’t even know it existed. But it’s a good feature that has evolved to great! In addition to seeing the current slide and a thumbnail of the next slide, you will also have a timer, a notes section, zoom and laser pointer tools, and more. And this view is the default, so don’t worry – you will find it fast enough!5) Alignment GuidesAlignment Guides are a great time saver because instead of selecting multiple objects and going to the align menu, PowerPoint will show you “guide lines” relative to other objects, shapes or text boxes. You can easily align on the fly!6) Text WrapIf you decide to spice up a chunk of text with an image, PowerPoint will now automatically wrap the text around the image! This feature has been too long in coming as other programs have had it for years, but now it’s here and we can stop manually formatting text around images to prevent crossover.7) Color MatchingThe eyedropper is also here! For those not familiar with this, the eyedropper tool is a standard in many graphics programs and enables you to select the exact color from something on your screen and apply it to something else. Easy matching!8) MPEG-4 Video ExportingIn another example of making things easier on us, you can now save your presentation as a MPEG-4 video file! Why does this matter? Now you can easily play it on many different devices (newer TVs, portable electronics, etc) because MPEG-4 is a more commonly supported file type.9) CommentsReviewing presentations from others and soliciting feedback from colleagues on your own files is also simpler with the addition of a Comments pane. Similar to using comments in Word, you can mark-up slides and even see previous revisions.10) PowerPoint meets the CloudThe process of saving your presentation to the “cloud” is also improved – whether that is SkyDrive, SharePoint or your company’s own proprietary “hard drive in the sky.” The PowerPoint WebApp enables you to access your file anywhere, making easy editing or reviewing on the go possible.