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MS Office Becomes Universal Office Apps in Windows 10

MS Office Becomes Universal Office Apps in Windows 10
Credit: Microsoft

Windows 10 is here, and with it come many improvements for business users. One of the biggest changes so far is the revamped version of Microsoft Office, which is now built for the mobile-first and touch-first user.

Microsoft announced that the new Universal Office apps are now available for Windows 10. They will come pre-installed on free Windows 10 phones and tablets, and Windows 10 Technical Preview users can now download them from the Windows Store. 

Unveiled last month, Universal Office apps consist of mobile- and touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote that can be installed across devices — PCs, tablets and smartphones — running Windows 10. [Windows 10: New Features for Business]

The idea behind this reimagined version of Office is that users install and use the same apps, regardless of which Windows 10 device they use. This not only helps businesses and developers create their own apps that integrate with Office, but it also delivers a unified, consistent experience for users.

Additionally, Universal Office apps are built to make it easier to view and edit Office files on smaller screens and touch screens. Compared to previous versions of Office apps, here's what Microsoft says makes the Universal Office apps for Windows 10 better for mobile devices:

  • Word for Windows 10: Users get all the same features as the desktop version of Word, including the ability to review and mark up documents and do real-time collaboration and sharing.
  • Excel for Windows 10: You can create, view and edit spreadsheets on mobile devices. New "touch-first" features also let users manipulate cells, format charts and manage workbooks without the need for a keyboard or mouse.
  • PowerPoint for Windows 10: Users can make and edit presentations just as they would on a PC. Features include Presentation View and Ink Tools to annotate slides in real time.
  • OneNote for Windows 10: You can jot down ideas and to-do lists, then share them with team members, clients and colleagues.
  • Outlook for Windows 10: This improved version of Outlook has enabled touch gestures, so users can easily sort, flag and organize messages by swiping. The mobile version also integrates with Outlook Calendar, and has Word built-in as its editor for rich features like tables, images and bullets, just as you would have on the desktop version of Word.
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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