Microsoft announced on 4th that the release preview for Word, PowerPoint and Excel are now available for PCs, tabs and phones running the technical preview of Windows 10 which was released earlier last month.
“These ‘universal’ Office apps are optimized for touch and mobile use and are a great way to take your work on the go, no keyboard or mouse required. Office for Windows 10 offers touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook that work great on small screen devices like your phone and tablet—all the way up to the Microsoft Surface Hub. They are designed from the ground up to run on Windows 10, built for touch and offer the unmistakable Office experience you know and love. As ‘universal’ Office apps, they truly are the same app across device size, providing a consistent way for independent software vendors and developers to extend and integrate with Office apps.“, Julia White, GM for the Office Product Management team, in a blog post.
As far as the Office suite for desktop is concerned, Office 2016 for Windows 10 desktop will be released in the second half of this year.
Office will be free for all phones and small tabs. This move is somewhat less surprising because Microsoft has struggled in the mobile market. So, luring customers with one of it’s flagship products makes total sense. And with the help of OneDrive and a reloaded Outlook, editing Office docs on the go will be a lot easier.
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