Microsoft to Bundle Office With Windows 10 Smartphones, Mini Tablets
Office will be Window 10's stock productivity experience for users of mobile devices when the operating system and supporting devices ship.Microsoft will include Office apps with smartphones and mini tablets (sub-8-inch) when the Windows 10 operating system ships later this year, according to Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office Product Management. "These new Office apps will be preinstalled for free on phones and small tablets running Windows 10, and available to download from the Windows Store for other devices," wrote White in a Jan. 22 Office Blogs post. Early Windows 10 users will soon be able to take the apps for a spin. "The Office universal apps will be available with the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the coming weeks, and general availability is on track for later this year," she said. Like the new OS, the apps are meant to provide a consistent experience across a wide range of devices, from pocket-sized to massive interactive displays for corporate conference rooms. "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," said White.
"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," she continued. Last April during the company's annual Build developer conference, Microsoft officially kicked off its universal app development platform with the delivery of a release candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. New capabilities enable developers to essentially code once and target multiple Windows devices, including PCs, tablets, phones and even Xboxes.