Office Universal Apps for Windows 10 Phones Arrive This Month
Early testers of Windows 10 for phones can take Microsoft's next-generation Office Universal Apps for a spin later this month.Users of the smartphone version of Windows 10 Preview won't have long to wait to evaluate Microsoft's vision of cross-device productivity, announced the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant. Jared Spataro, general manager for the Microsoft Office marketing team, took to the official Office Blogs to reveal "that the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 for phones is expected to be available by the end of the month." Universal Apps embody the company's code-once approach to writing applications that run across multiple Windows devices. Beginning with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, developers can target multiple devices with the same code and minimal customization. Universal Apps can run on smartphones, PCs, tablets and a range of new Windows 10 devices like the 84-inch, 4K resolution Surface Hub whiteboard and video conferencing system and the HoloLens augmented-reality headset. In the meantime, Microsoft's own developers are laying the groundwork for an Office experience that moves seamlessly between mobile devices and PCs. Nearly three months after releasing Office Universal Apps for the PC and tablet version of the Windows 10 Technical preview, Microsoft is preparing to let adventurous Lumia owners discover how the apps fare on the relatively tighter confines of a smartphone's touch-screen.
Office Universal Apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint are "fantastic for reading and perfect for touch- and pen-based content creation," said Spataro. On a smartphone, the experience changes to suit different input patterns and behaviors.