About a month ago I wrote a snarky post about Microsoft updating Word. In my defense, Word for the Mac has not had the best track record over the past several years. Nevertheless, I do frequently need to use Word in the law gig and I've been using the new beta on nearly a daily basis and have to admit, I like the new version. It's still Word and full of features, buttons, and dials, but this is the cleanest user interface they've had yet. Most importantly, it is the most stable version of Word on the Mac I've used since before the Intel switch. I've not had a single crash.
Earlier this week Microsoft released an update to the beta that you can download here. I asked around to some other Office power user friends and I'm hearing that Outlook is having issues but if you are just using Word, give it a spin.