Microsoft Office Universal Apps released for Windows 10
Microsoft has today released a Preview Version of its Office for Windows 10, this cool new Office Suite includes Word, Power Point, Outlook Mail, OneNote and Excel. The cool thing about this isn’t only the completely overhauled design of the new Office Apps but also the fact that these are the first real Universal Apps from Microsoft what basically means that these apps will be available for all Windows devices in the near features, so on or Windows Phone, on your Windows Tablet and on your Windows Desktop PC, awesome. Microsoft has started from the ground up with these 5 new office apps and made them to these Universal Apps but this means that you get the same Office Experience on every device, yes even on the Surface Hub which Microsoft has also introduced on it’s event last month in Redmond but also on your Lumia 630 for example, you can fully format your text in Word and add whatever animation you want to your Power Point presentation on the go on your Smartphone.
Until now the Office Suite for Windows Phone was completely free and this will also continue with the new Office for Windows 10. Office will come preinstalled on Smartphones and small Tablets and you can use the full Office suite for free, for all other devices running Windows 10 you can download the Office Suite from the Windows App Store. For now a Preview is available for Windows 10 which can be downloaded and installed right now. There was no word about the version for Windows Phone yet. A final release is expected for later this year together with Windows 10.
So this is Office for Windows 10 or in other words Office for Touch now is Microsoft again trying to get people used to a touch optimized system on their desktop systems, there I can give you a clear ‘No’. As we already now from several leaks, Microsoft is side by side working on Office for Touch and Office 2016, which will be the Office Suite optimized for the use with Mouse and Keyboard. Unfortunately there is not more to say about Office 2016 yet except that Microsoft will make this version of Office generally available in the second half of 2015, which doesn’t bother me because for now I have the still good looking Office 2013 suite for my Desktop PC and on my Surface I will play a bit with the Office for Windows 10 Suite for now.
To get a better picture of how Universal apps of Office are looking on small and bigger devices, Microsoft has also published some pictures which you can see below. You will notice that all apps are looking pretty similar on your Smartphone and on your Windows Tablet.
- Word for Windows 10:
Create and edit great looking documents with Word. Review and mark-up documents, then share your work with others to collaborate in real time. The new Insights for Office feature (powered by Bing) in Read mode brings additional online resources like images, web references and definitions right to you in your reading experience.
- Excel for Windows 10:
Use Excel to create and update spreadsheets and gain new insights as you analyze data and visualize it with charts. And new touch-first controls shine in Excel, you won’t even miss your keyboard and mouse when selecting ranges of cells, formatting your pie charts or managing your workbooks.
- PowerPoint for Windows 10:
Create and edit beautiful presentations with PowerPoint. Then use Presenter View to prepare and present with confidence, even use Ink Tools to annotate your slides in real time so your audience really knows what you are talking about.
- OneNote for Windows 10:
Capture all your thoughts, ideas and to-do’s with the new version of OneNote. Getting things done with your friends, classmates and colleagues has never been easier with shared notebooks–now with the consistent Office ribbon experience.
- Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar for Windows 10:
Crafting emails has never been easier or more powerful, with the familiar and rich capability of Microsoft Word built into the authoring experience. Simply insert tables, add pictures and use bullets and color to get your point across. Keep up with your inbox with new touch gestures that help you read, sort, flag and archive your mail.
In case you are interested in downloading and testing these new Universal Office Apps for Windows 10 by yourself don’t worry everything is up and running so that you can download these brand new Office Preview apps directly from the Store Beta App which is build in, in Windows 10. Just follow the links below for each app:
Below there is also another video where the new Office Apps are being demoed on a Tablet and which is showcasing the new experience with Office for Windows 10. The video has been made by some Office Mechanics and is showing how Office is working on a Surface and what you can do with the pen which you get with a Microsoft Surface Tablet.
Source: Office Blogs