Following the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has officially made available the 'Universal' Office applications designed to run on Windows 10, and touted by the firm as ideal for Windows 10 tablets and small screen devices.
Available now from the new Windows Store on Windows 10 devices, the Office Mobile versions of 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, Microsoft said.
The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) introduced with Windows 10 enables developers to build a single app that should run across all versions of Windows 10, according to Microsoft.
"Windows 10 makes it easier to develop apps for the UWP with just one API set, one app package, and one store to reach all Windows 10 devices - PC, tablet, phone and more," the firm states on the Windows Developer Centre.
As with Microsoft's Office apps for Apple iOS devices and the Android platform, the Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 are available as a free download, but with only basic functionality unless used in combination with a paid-for Office 365 subscription to get document creating and editing capabilities.
However, the apps provide an easy way to view Office documents on a device of the user's choosing.
"Across each of the apps, customers will appreciate full fidelity viewing of their Office documents, knowing that edits and changes made on any device will render perfectly across all their devices," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team, announcing availability of the apps on the Office 365 blog.
The Office Mobile apps are fully cloud connected, integrating with Microsoft's OneDrive service, making it easier for users to access documents from anywhere, pick up where they left off, and co-author with others on documents and projects.
Microsoft said that the Office Mobile apps' availability is just the first of three important Office releases this year.
"In September, we'll release Office 2016 for Windows desktops and later in the fall we'll release Office Mobile for Windows Phones," Koenigsbauer said.
Office 2016 is the next version of Microsoft's full-blown Office suite, which will run on Windows 7 or later. Office Mobile for Windows Phones will be available with the Windows 10 Mobile version of the operating system.
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