Microsoft confirmed today that the Office universal apps for Windows 10—the mobile, touch-first versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote—will ship in non-preview form on July 29, alongside Windows 10. And the full Office 2016 for Windows desktop suite is still on track to ship “later this year,” Microsoft says.
Microsoft announced the Office universal apps for Windows 10 at its January 2015 press event for Windows 10 and then shipped the first preview versions of the apps in early February. Since then, it has released several updates to the apps, which very closely resembles the Office mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets. Two other Office universal apps—Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar—will ship as part of Windows 10.
The Office universal apps for Windows 10 will be available for free from the Windows Store app in Windows 10. They include:
Word for Windows 10, with document review and mark-up capabilities, real-time collaboration, and the new Insights for Office feature in Read mode.
Excel for Windows 10, featuring new touch-first controls that let you select cell ranges, format charts and manage workbooks.
PowerPoint for Windows 10, with a Presenter View to prepare and present, and Ink Tools to annotate slides in real time.
OneNote for Windows 10, which was previously available, with a new ribbon UI and collaboration via shared notebooks.
Separate from the Office universal apps for Windows 10, Microsoft is also working on the next full desktop suite version of Office, called Office 2016 for Windows. Still due “later this year,” and currently available in preview (for both Office 365 subscribers and separately), Office 2016 will include “enhancements for creating, opening, editing and saving files in the cloud from your desktop, so you can access them from anywhere, on any device; Real-time co-authoring, so you’ll be able to collaborate on projects to see where other editors are working and what they are writing—all in real-time; and Tell Me, a new search tool available in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, which serves up the features and commands you need by simply typing what you want to do.”
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