Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team.
It’s a big day for Microsoft and we are excited to be part of it! Today, we’re pleased to announce 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.
The Office Mobile apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote—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 on Windows 10 tablets and small screen devices. 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. Tightly integrated with OneDrive, the Office Mobile apps are fully cloud connected, making it easy to access your documents from anywhere, pick up where you last left off, and co-author with others on documents and projects. Your docs are now automatically saved for you, ensuring you won’t lose a change and that others can see your edits as you work together. And there are new intelligent features, like Tell Me, that make it easier for you to do what you want in fewer steps.
Each of the Office Mobile apps is uniquely designed to help you be productive on the go.
Word—Word Mobile has the features you’d expect for touch-first productivity. All the core formatting commands, styles, fonts and spell check tools are there. You can insert tables, pictures, text boxes, hyperlinks, and add headers and footers—even footnotes and endnotes—all with touch. You can easily share and co-author with other editors and utilize features like track changes and comments as you collaborate. We’ve also introduced some exciting features focused on mobility scenarios. For example, the Read mode is a new way to view documents: Word beautifully reflows your document to adapt to small screens and improve readability by adjusting font sizes and allowing you to zoom on charts and tables with a quick tap. Smart Lookup, powered by Bing, brings additional online resources like images and web references directly into your document to give you deeper insights and new ideas.
Excel—All the power and precision of Excel is now made easy for mobile. Reordering columns, adding formulas, changing chart types, and filtering data are effortless and natural using Excel’s new touch-first gestures. If you prefer to use the onscreen keyboard, you’ll find the familiar controls tuned for touch, so you can even do advanced spreadsheet work comfortably on a small tablet. Excel’s new Recommended Charts feature is ideal for smaller screens and gives you the power to quickly visualize your data with just a few taps. And we’ve added modern templates tuned for mobile scenarios, so you can be up and running quickly.
PowerPoint—Customers will appreciate the richness of PowerPoint Mobile’s presentation capabilities coupled with a touch-first design. You can easily make gorgeous slides with new touch gestures for inserting and editing pictures, tables, shapes and SmartArt. All the transition and animation effects that you’re familiar with on the desktop are built right in. And when you’re ready to present, cut the cables and engage with the audience more personally by presenting wirelessly. The Presenter View gives you full control over what your audience sees on the big screen and shows you (and only you!) your speaker notes on your tablet. And new ink, laser pointer and highlighting features let you emphasize key concepts as you present.
OneNote—Never forget again with OneNote. Capture, organize and share your ideas with notebooks that you can access on any device. Type, write or draw and find your notes (even handwritten) with lightning fast search. Bring them to life with tags, tables and pictures, and share your notebooks to work with others at the same time. OneNote automatically saves your work and synchronizes changes made by everyone working in the notebook. OneNote is pre-installed on Windows 10, so simply go to the Start menu and tap the OneNote tile to get started.
Office on Windows desktops, tablets and phones
Today’s Office Mobile apps release is the first of three important Office deliverables this year for the Windows platform. In September, we’ll release Office 2016 for Windows desktops and then—later in the fall—we’ll release Office Mobile for Windows Phones.
Here is a quick summary of the product lineup for Windows desktops, tablets and phones:
Get the new Office Mobile apps today!
We’re really excited about the new Office Mobile apps and hope you are too. If you’re interested in experiencing them for yourself, here’s how to get them today:
- Do you have a tablet with Windows 10? Starting today, you can download Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and PowerPoint Mobile apps from the Windows Store. OneNote is pre-installed on your Start menu.
- Do you want access to all of the latest Office experiences across all of your devices? Purchase an Office 365 subscription. You can use fully installed Office desktop and mobile applications now and get access to Office 2016 and the latest new features as they become available.
Thanks to all of the Office Mobile apps previewers whose feedback helped us to get to where we are today. Please keep your input coming, and we will continue to improve the Office experience.