The rumors around a touch enabled Office product has been discussed for sometime, but the actual arrival of it has been a mystery. On Wednesday, Microsoft shocked many with the beta release of the Touch enabled Office suite, giving Windows 10 beta testers something new to try.
Microsoft calls these apps universal office apps, and they are out for Windows 10. These apps include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. The technical preview though only includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and is running inside the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
How To Get These Apps
The universal apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available today to download from Microsoft. They must be run inside the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and they can be found inside the Windows Store Beta. Microsoft is looking for tons of feedback from users on these new apps.
These universal Office apps are made and specifically built for touch and mobile use, and do not require a keyboard or mouse to use them. These universal apps are part of the new Office line of products, and will be called Office for Windows 10. The desktop suite though will be called Office 2016.
Highlights Of Apps
Word for Windows 10 is a brand new look at Word, and allows users to review, mark-up documents, share work in real-time, and more. The Insights for Office feature allows for online resources with Bing to be seen as well. With touch enabled features, it makes writing documents a breeze.
Excel for Windows 10 though shows off the touch features. It has touch-first controls and users can select ranges of cells with their fingers, and format charts & workbooks like a breeze. PowerPoint for Windows 10 also has been introduced, bringing Ink Tools and real time features to deliver presentations to anyone around the world.
Office for Windows 10 is available to try now. I’ve installed it, and it works nice on my Surface Pro 3.