Windows 10 Technical preview for smartphones to get Universal Office apps

Windows 10 Technical preview for smartphones to get Universal Office apps
Microsoft has announced that the Universal Office apps it's working on for Windows 10 will soon become part of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, showcasing this new relatively-new endeavor by Microsoft, which will make it easier for developers to design apps across different form-factors.

The new Office apps are part of an effort that Microsoft calls Universal Apps, which are basically Windows apps that share code across various form factors, but present device-specific features and user interfaces. With Universal Apps, Windows devs – including Microsofts own development team - can work on the business logic of their apps just once, which should save them a lot of time. Preview versions of the new touch-friendly Office apps reached the the Windows 10 Technical Preview for PCs back in February.


One could argue that editing Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or PowerPoint presentations on a smartphone isn't the most straightforward experience due to the limited screen real estate, but at least the option will soon be out there for developers running the running the Windows 10 Technical Preview on their ex-Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones. As on all platforms, the free apps will come with basic editing abilities. For more advanced features, users will have to sign up for a paid Office 365 subscription.


source: Engadget

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11 Comments

1. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

What "Given the fairly low market share of Windows smartphones, it's not surprising to see Windows handsets being one of the last product categories to get touch-based Office apps"are you kidding me it's not surprising for me that WP smartphones get them first by WP10 updates not the last . Plus all of that you said at first that they get it at the end of the month.

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They did this, because you know.....Office apps are universal apps.

3. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

PA writers are just high i think. This is for tech preview. Technically wp have had these 'apps' for years. While features were different, its not like they didnt have apps before hand. Difference is how they were integrated with the OS, and...the big one...universal app code.

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They are getting them last, my Note 4 and iPad4 have had touch friendly Office since last year, lol. Even MS know WP is not taken seriously.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

We have had touch friendly Office for awhile, again while feature parity differed, this is a brand new one aimed at the universal 10 launch. Why revamp the 8 just to scrap it for 10? Logic is totally lost. Yes I have had touch office, I regularly edit excel and power points for work on my old 925 and now my 930 and soon 1520.

4. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Even Engadget say this but PA writers are really high through.

5. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Wow! You guys are really clueless! Wondering how even you got hired to work here!

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Did you see their last hiring ad? if you clicked on it, it was about an article 5yrs ago, you had to write it in a catchy entertaining way...not much else. Of course grammer etc.

11. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Well, that pretty much summarizes it.

9. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

lol they love trolling Windows phone on here

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft CEO Nadella wants Windows customer to know that Microsoft products are to work best on Windows devices. this new touch screen version of Office will integrate with Windows 10 devices better than it will with any Apple or Android Product because they are not designed to use any Microsoft new "Windows Apps" AKA universal Apps

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