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Office 2016 Sends Touch-Friendly Apps Across Devices

Office 2016 Sends Touch-Friendly Apps Across Devices
Credit: Microsoft

Windows 10 is finally here, and with it comes a new Microsoft Office.

Microsoft unveiled at the company's Windows 10 event the redesigned Office 2016, which now features touch-friendly versions of Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. The new Windows 10 Office apps now also aim to deliver the same experience on multiple devices, whether users are on their phones, tablets or PC.

Here's how Microsoft has revamped Office apps to make it better for mobile business users. [Windows 10: New Features for Business]


Microsoft Word's new mobile-friendly features include better viewing, improved navigation and added functionality. For instance, the new Reflow mode offers a mobile-optimized display, making documents easier to edit and read on smartphones, while keeping the document's formatting.

Moreover, an app bar at the bottom of the document now contains all the function ribbons on different tabs. Microsoft demonstrated the app bar during the company's presentation by using the new "review changes" feature, which now lets users accept and reject changes, review markups, address comments and more, just like they can on the desktop app. 


PowerPoint also received a facelift in form and function. It now sports a familiar look when accessed on mobile devices, just like what users would see on the PC version. And like Word, the redesigned, touch-friendly version of PowerPoint also includes the app bar feature, which users can use to easily switch from different presentation views, just like they would on a PC.

In addition, Microsoft improved PowerPoint's usability. The company demonstrated how phones perform during PowerPoint presentations — boasting of its "smooth animations and transitions" — and how files are now ubiquitous across devices for improved access and collaboration. Whether users are on PCs, smartphones, tablets or OneDrive, the latest version of the file will always be synced and available on any device on the "recent documents" list.


Outlook also got a redesign, which now looks the same from device to device. New features include text editing that uses the same formatting and functions as Word, as well as touch gestures, like deleting messages by swiping from the left. Microsoft also announced that Outlook will become the default mail client for Windows 10.

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.

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