Office Mobile Apps Join the Windows 10 Parade
Touch-first, tablet-friendly mobile versions of Microsoft's Office apps are now available for the company's new OS.Although overshadowed by the splashy debut of Windows 10, Microsoft had another major release yesterday. In a June 29 company blog post, Microsoft's Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Office Client Applications and Services, announced "the availability of the Office Mobile apps on Windows 10—bringing us one step closer to our vision of reinventing productivity. Customers can immediately download and install the apps from the new Windows Store in 190 countries." Office Mobile (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) kicks off a series of productivity software releases that will take place this year, Koenigsbauer said. "In September, we'll release Office 2016 for Windows desktops and then—later in the fall—we'll release Office Mobile for Windows Phones," he said. Last month, the software maker released Office 2016 for the Mac, ending the practice of making Mac users wait for their versions of Office to catch up to the Windows version. Office 2016 for Windows desktops will run on Windows 7, 8.x and 10 when it is released later this fall.
The tablet-friendly Office Mobile apps "are built from the ground up for touch, offer the familiar experience that Office customers expect, and deliver the capabilities people need for on-the-go productivity," Koenigsbauer said. "Across each of the apps, customers will appreciate full fidelity viewing of their Office documents, knowing edits and changes made on any device will render perfectly across all their devices."