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Touch-optimized Office 15 "apps" will bring Word, Excel and PowerPoint to ARMed Windows 8 tablets

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After clarifying that Windows-on-ARM (WOA) will have the traditional desktop interface, despite popular rumors, and despite those tablets being touted as mainly consumer device, Microsoft threw another bombshell announcement yesterday.

It turns out that the next iteration of Microsoft Office, Office 15, will actually have a dedicated WOA tablets version, making one of the big question marks before the success of those slates pretty much a moot point. Moreover, the whole interface will be touch-optimized, not only meant for a mouse, and Office 15 will be geared towards low power consumption, which is the main point of ARM-based tablets.

The UI actually looks more like the Explorer one, than that of the typical Metro apps, which is explicable, since Office is a pretty powerful tool and demands a more sophisticated interface. Full-blown Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are all in store once WOA hits sometime in Q3 or Q4, and all file types that are supported on x86 machines you can work with on ARMed Windows 8 slates as well. Here's what Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky had to say about the exciting news:

The new Office applications for WOA have been significantly architected for both touch and minimized power/resource consumption. This engineering work is an important part of being able to provide Office software with WOA, as these are not simply recompilations or ports, but significant reworking of the products with a complete and consistent user experience and fidelity with their new x86/64 counterparts.
Watch a quick video preview of the new interface that will bring fully-functional Office to the ARM tablet realm. Now the only nagging questions are about pricing - both of the Windows 8 ARM tablets, and the Office 15 "apps".

via PCWorld

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posted on 10 Feb 2012, 04:15

1. Son_Do (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

looks like another 3 years till this comes out...

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 06:56 2

2. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)

More like this November?

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:59 2

3. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Definitely headed in the right direction here!

I can see deep corporate integration if MS does this right.. and great adoption by the public IF they don't price the W8 tablets at $800 which I full expect MS to do.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 10:45

4. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

It's not as if they just started work on Office 15 now. They probably started work on it soon after the decision was made that W8 will have arm support. I believe Office 15 will come out as soon as WOA becomes available, or soon thereafter.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 10:11

5. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Wow it looks like a person can do some serious work on an arms 9 to 12.inch Tablet computer with a dedicated keyboard dock or external usb keyboard. If the battery life of the Windows 8 arms tablets are OK these tablet computers are what the Enterprise
has been looking for for a long time and could be great for students and regular People.
to use

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