Microsoft launches new Office app for mobile devices running iOS or Android. The all-in-one app combines Word, Excel and PowePoint apps into one, providing various mobile-oriented features.
Microsoft explains on their Tech Community Blog that the new app provides a more mobile focussed experience. It delivers on ‘how people’s expectations differ when using a phone versus a computer’, resulting in an application optimised for ‘simplicity, efficiency, and common mobile needs’.
One of the more enticing features is the ability to view, edit and switch between different office document types from the single application – all the while giving the same functionality that you would receive from the individual apps.
If you still prefer the original individual apps, then there is no need to worry as Microsoft has committed to continue developing these alongside this new app.
The new app is currently only available on Android phones and tablets and iOS phones, with support for iPads coming soon.
Microsoft has confirmed that there will be new features coming soon:
Word dictation looks particularly interesting, allowing you to turn your voice into written text and use voice commands and simple toolbars to apply the right formatting and punctuation easily.
Excel cards will allow you to view and edit data in a table or row in a simple, digestible card format so that you do not have to span across columns that extend beyond the limits of a mobile screen.
Anyone can download and try the app for free, without even having to sign in. Some tasks will require an existing Office365 subscription (the same as the current individual apps).
The new Office app is a significant step from Microsoft to embrace further mobile working and addressing how the limitations of working on a smaller screen can be overcome.
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