Microsoft has announced that its Universal Office apps for Windows 10 will come pre-installed with the OS when it launches on July 29. It’ll include the ‘mobile-first, touch-first’ version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint along with OneNote. The apps will be available for free from the Windows Store.
Notable changes featuring in Universal Office apps for Windows 10 include document review and markup capabilities in Word. In addition, it’ll also feature real-time collaboration that allows multiple users to edit the same document.
Meanwhile, OneNote, which was available earlier as well, gets the new ribbon UI, which complements the Modern environment. OneNote now allows users to connect all their notebooks across multiple accounts and is also expected to get a pen/stylus support.
While in Excel, there’ll be new touch-first controls that allow users to select cell ranges, format charts along with the ability to manage workbooks. PowerPoint for Windows 10 will feature a Presenter View to prepare slides, alongside Ink Tools, which allows users to add footnotes in real-time.
Apart from Universal Office apps for Windows 10, Microsoft is also working on the next full desktop version for its Office suite called Office 2016 for Windows. It’ll arrive sometime ‘later this year’, and is available in preview currently for both Office 365 subscribers and separately. The company says it’ll include enhancements with cloud integration so that users can access their files from anywhere, on any device.
Along with that, it’ll also include a new search tool called Tell Me. It’ll be available in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, which ‘essentially serves up the features and commands you need by simply typing what you want to do.’
The Redmond giant also announced the availability of Office 2016 for Mac users, which will initially be available to Office 365 subscribers, and will work with OS X Yosemite. It’ll be available as one-time purchase starting September for $6.99 per month or $69.999 per year for one PC, one smartphone and one tablet per account. It will be available in 139 countries and 16 languages featuring the new Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.
It’ll be interesting to see whether pushing free apps for Windows 10 works out in favor of Microsoft. A lot will depend upon the success or failure of the forthcoming Windows 10. Has Microsoft made their point yet that Windows 10 is good for many users, we aren’t sure about that yet. What are your thoughts, do let us know in the comments section below.