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Windows Phone to get refreshed Office, Microsoft may make official announcement on January 21st

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Windows Phone to get refreshed Office, Microsoft may make official announcement on January 21st
Microsoft has been putting a lot of effort in expanding the reach and availability of its standard bearing products like Office, notably releasing mobile optimized versions for iOS and Android while its native mobile platform, Windows Phone, just sort of chills in the corner waiting its turn for some updated goodness.

Windows Phone is not alone, a touch-optimized version of Office is still in a holding pattern for Windows-based tablets.

The big splash Microsoft made was releasing Office for iPad, then tweaking it a bit so that at least the basic functionality could be managed without forcing the user into an Office 365 subscription. Then, Office for Android tablets was announced, but was only initially available through a registration request during the Beta, and there should be a general release early this year.

When will Microsoft give some of its own Windows platforms some love? Well Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft took to social media to reaffirm that the Office team “has not forgotten Windows Phone.” Though, he did not announce that on Facebook or Twitter, but on his Chinese Weibo profile.

The image is a little small, so here is the text of the entire message:

Hey fans of WP … as I’m celebrating New Year’s Day here in the US and as you all move into the Chinese New Year season, I wanted to send an early “HAPPY NEW YEAR” and thank you for your ongoing support!

First… as we end our 2014, I want to acknowledge the comments and letter you all have sent, noting that you’ve been frustrated seeing Microsoft launch new applications like Office on iOS and Android, without accompanying news around what will happen on Windows Phone. I want to assure you that our Office team has not forgotten Windows Phone – we’re just aligning all of our news and announcements to a single event. You’ll hear much more about what we have planned before Chinese New Year.

Second… my team in China has finally endowed me with a Chinese name: [...] is north of Beijing and […] is summit of mountain. The two together in Bagua means “modesty creates success.”

I’m excited about the new work and new software that’s coming in 2015. Our team in China has been writing features specifically for the China market, and you’ll get a chance to see a few of these in the coming months.

Happy early New Year!


Windows Phone to get refreshed Office, Microsoft may make official announcement on January 21st
While Joe’s letter does not provide any specifics, it is entirely possible we will learn all the details at an analyst meeting set for January 21st in Redmond, where Microsoft executives will outline a number of consumer-oriented features coming to the new version of Windows.

Taking Joe at his word, we will definitely learn something before February 19th because that is when the Chinese New Year begins.

sources: Weibo via Softpedia

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posted on 02 Jan 2015, 02:24 3

1. timukh (Posts: 292; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


This is just ridiculous man! Spend all your dedicaton on WP first! It is like feeding your neighbours kid first and then your kid just because the former is more successful :/

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 05:51 3

7. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


You are right. However, even Google did this ridiculous thing sometimes. Some Google apps for iOS got updates and new features a few days before those apps for Android.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 12:01 2

21. LessThanDoug (Posts: 54; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Stupid analogy.

Put yourself in corporate shoes. What would you rather do... provide an office app for the two platforms who dominate the market NOW, or wait to release them because your teams are still busy getting things straight with WP and Windows 10?

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 22:40

22. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


And then Windows Phone customers will switch to Android and iOS?

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 02:32 2

2. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Why not just do the useful thing first, shake hands with Google and release the official Youtube app for Windows Phone?

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 03:24 2

3. SIGPRO (Posts: 1385; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Euhm google did not wanted it! MS had the best Youtube app ever and google forced MS to kill it!

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 05:49 1

6. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


That app violated Google/YouTube's policy. And most importantly, MS was not licensed to use the brand "YouTube".

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 06:05 5

8. hemedans (Posts: 476; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


microsoft remove those things which violate policy, last feud with them was because wp youtube app didnt use html5.

now un official youtube app can do more than youtube app its okay for me if google dont make youtube app for wp.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 03:42 2

4. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


You must be xperiaDROID, right? If yes, then welcome back to PhoneArena!

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 05:11 1

5. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Wait, what? How do you know?

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 07:13

11. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


what happened to your old account bro?

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 08:05 1

14. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


My old account got banned for some reason. :(

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 07:55 1

13. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Heh.... As l expected, you're xperiaDROID. Just consider it as a lucky guess.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 08:07 1

15. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Hahahaha...I think you saw my comment on Xperiablog, that's why you know this is me. But anyways, you're smart! ;)

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 08:52 1

17. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


NO, l don't even visit Xperiablog at all.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 09:02 1

20. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Ok then, that means you're very smart. :)

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 06:44 1

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 5111; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I dont mind a small wait personally, considering 10 is just right around the corner

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 06:45 2

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 5111; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Wouldnt matter much, we already have youtube apps that are better than the 'official'. Metro and TubeCast (which has 4k support), are very fine indeed.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 07:13 1

12. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Don't want your rented Office lol.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 08:15 1

16. jellmoo (Posts: 1524; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I think that WP is suffering from a little bit of a lack of purpose these days. Previously, the big advantage was Office exclusivity. Other than UI, it was the big differentiator between it and other platforms. As that has largely eroded, they need to find that one great thing that separates WP from the other platforms. Maybe it will be true convergence, but I hope that they pay careful attention to what people are really looking for.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 08:53

18. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1529; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


sounds like we will get some good news may come from Microsoft who will be at CES 2015 this year. I predict they will announce 1 broadwell class M CPU Surface Tablet, a couple of smart phones probably the Microsoft Lumia 435 and 1335 and show case the new Office for Windows Tablets and smart phones. later at the end of January I think Microsoft will have the download for the Windows 10 Consumer Preview Download beta for those who want to get a 90 percent copy of Windows 10 Consumer preview. it may even have "Cortina" for Desktop computers included in the Windows 10 consumer pre YEA YEA YEA !

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 09:02

19. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1529; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I meant a 90 percent copy of what is in the consumer preview download may be what Windows 10 RTM will look like for adverage PC buyers later in 2015

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