Just weeks after revealing that it would deliver universal app versions of its Office apps for Windows 10, Microsoft has made preview versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint available. In in early release form, these preview apps show how well Office can fare in a mobile touch-first environment.
Just to clarify: Microsoft is working on two new versions of Office for Windows. The first is Office 2016, which will be an update to the firm’s venerable, full-feature office productivity suite. And the second is what we see here: Touch-first mobile versions of the most popular Office apps—eventually, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook will be offered—designed specifically for Windows 10 phones and small tablets. (Indeed, these apps will be provided for free with Windows 10 on phones and small tablets running Windows 10, though they will also be available for download from the Windows Store for other devices.”
Here’s what’s available today.
Word for Windows 10. Exactly what you’d expect, with document review and mark-up capabilities, real-time collaboration, and the new Insights for Office feature in Read mode.
Excel for Windows 10. Using new touch-first controls, you can select ranges of cells, format charts and managing workbooks.
PowerPoint for Windows 10. This new PowerPoint version lets you create and edit presentations, use Presenter View to prepare and present those presentations, and use Ink Tools to annotate slides in real time.
OneNote for Windows 10. Previously available, the new OneNote mobile versions sports a ribbon UI and offers collaboration in shared notebooks.
Outlook for Windows 10—which will really be two apps, Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar for Windows 10—will be previewed later, Microsoft says. And the entire set of apps is “on track” for its final release later in 2015 alongside Windows 10.
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