Preview of Office Universal apps for Windows 10 for phone available soon

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 20 April 2015
Preview of Office Universal apps for Windows 10 for phone available soon

The Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 for phone will be made available by the end of April, thus completing Microsoft’s Office on Windows line-up.

Designed for on-the-go productivity, the Office Universal apps are built for tablets and phones, and optimised for viewing, quick edits, notes and mark up.

The apps enable a fast and streamlined hands-on experience for tablet users, and adapt to the small form factor when used on phones. 

With Office Desktop applications are still frequently used for important creative work, Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Desktop apps – released under the name Office 2016 – will offer a rich feature set for professional content creation.

The Office Desktop apps facilitate easy collaboration, sophisticated authoring, and deep analysis, and are designed for the precision and control of a keyboard and mouse.

Office 2016 will deliver a familiar Office experience to users across all platforms and devices. Thanks to a redesigned backstage experience, users will also find it easer to use cloud services to create, open, edit and save files directly from the desktop. Modern attachments in Outlook also make it easy to attach OneDrive files and automatically configure permission for recipients.

Office 2016 also sees the introduction of Tell Me, a new search tool available in Word, PowerPoint and Excel that allows users to find the necessary commands by simply typing what they want to do.

The new release will include a number of valuable business intelligence enhancements built into Excel, including data visualisations and Power Query.

Office 2016 will deliver better controls and information management for enterprise users. Word, Excel and PowerPoint will include new Data Loss Prevention features, while flexible click-to-run deployment options will allow IT admin staff to have greater control over Office updates. 

Improved integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Azure Active Directory will also provide organisations with greater tools to manage Office apps across devices.

“With the preview release of the new Universal apps for Windows 10 for phones, we’ll have an exciting line-up of Windows 10 apps across form factors,” said Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team. “The Universal apps will deliver tailored tablet and phone experiences for on-the-go productivity, and the Desktop apps will offer our broadest, deepest feature set for professional content creation.”

Universal apps for tablets went live back in February with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and the Desktop IT Pro and Developer preview for Office 2016 launched in March. Universal apps for Windows 10 for phones are due to be available with the Windows 10 Technical Preview by the end of April.

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