first time "Office suite" learner- better with 2013 or 2010.

I already have a 2010 version of Office for the student.. but I realized I got a 2013 book for Excel.
  Can the student copy with Excel 2013 book on 2010 edition. or is it better for me to return the 2013 book and try to get a 2010 book?
  Or as I see it, the student potentially will use the software for years to come; so I could consider upgrading to 2013 or buying a New CD for 2013.
  please share your review of the situation and best or optimal route to take. Student is 13 years and familiar with coding HTML, but not much "office" knowledge, hence this effort.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
it better for me to return the 2013 book and try to get a 2010 book?
If you have that as an option, it is definitely your best option.

Why keep the 2013 book when your next upgrade will probably be Office 2016
Honestly, itll work, but there will be feature's and options that just don't work the same. I would either

A) Replace the book with 2010 just so you get the full experience
B) Upgrade to 2013 if that's an option
c) Buy a 2010 book and keep the 2013 for when you upgrade

While it will help a lot, it's better for the full, and correct, experience. Get the right book for the right version.
It would be important to know whether this 13 year old has ever used any version of Microsoft Office, for example Word to type up a letter.

If he has used Word 2003 or earlier version on any computers in the past, then the difference in appearance and how to find all the toolbar options in the new Ribbon toolbar used from 2007 version onwards will be very different.  A lot of other recent non-Office and non-Microsoft applications started using a toolbar layout similar to a "ribbon" in MS Office (with functions grouped into button type "tabs"), so it is possible that he may already have been exposed to how toolbar options are grouped in tabs.

The transition between Excel 2010 and 2013 isn't huge.  The actual appearance may be a bit different from screenshots shown in the book, but most of the new functionality introduced to 2013 was for more advanced users and this should not affect somebody learning the more basic functions. 2013 is a lot "whiter" and more sparse looking than 2007 or 2010, because it is designed with touch-screen devices in mind.  Different workbooks opened at the same time show as completely separate windows in 2013, whereas in 2010 they are in the same window and you flip between them using the Windows Taskbar shortcuts.

I would guess that the learner will just be learning how to navigate an Excel sheet, create, name, arrange, and work with additional sheets, and start creating basic things like an in-out bank balance book with simple formulae.  There should be no difference between 2010 and 2013 for those kind of tasks.

Even though there may be new functionality in 2013 version to let you get things done more quickly, like automatically filling in multiple cells in one sweep, and faster ways to analyse data and create charts, the book should still show the "proper" manual method of column and row filling, creating charts, etc, that would apply equally to the 2010 version.

I would say that the main differences that could cause problems trying to learn Excel on 2010 using a 2013 book are:
1. Appearance and layout will be different in the 2013 book.
2. 2013 tries to suggest starting with templates.  2010 doesn't try and steer you towards using a template, but there are templates available.
3. 2013 has "sharing" features that are not available in 2010.

It might help you to decide if you look at some pages that talk about the differences between the versions.  A quick Google search for "differences between EXCEL 2010 and 2013" gives me a few good pages shown below. (this English guy's channel has loads of Excel 2013 instruction videos)  (sounds like a New Zealand accent, but perfectly understandable)

It might also help to google "differences between OFFICE 2010 and 2013".
25112Author Commented:
quiet helpful- thanks.
Thank you 25112
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