Microsoft unleashed a flurry of new Office goodness today, announcing a preview version of Office for Android tablets, new Office apps for iPhone, and updated Office app for iPad, plus editing capabilities for users on mobile devices without an Office 365 subscription. What was missing, of course, was what Microsoft is calling its "touch-optimized Office for Windows," which we now know won't ship until Windows 10 does. But here's what it will look like.
This sneak peek, curiously, comes from Microsoft, which posted a video to Channel 9 that accompanies today's announcement. Surprisingly, unexpectedly, it includes some footage of the long-awaited touch-optimized Office for Windows, which should closely resemble the iPad, iPhone and Android versions of the apps. And yes, as a Universal app, it should look and work similarly on Windows Phone too.
You can view the video on Channel 9, of course, but here's a summary of the Windows bits, which come in at about 3:30 in the silent presentation.
Word and PowerPoint only. While the touch-optimized Office for Windows will include four apps—Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint—only two are included in the b-roll video, Word and PowerPoint. But the demo shows only three app tiles—those two plus Excel—on the Start screen. In what is clearly Windows 8.1, not Windows 10.
Surface Pro 3. The demo is performed on a Surface Pro 3, which makes plenty of sense since this is Microsoft's flagship device. But I'm sure many will be wondering if it will run on Windows RT devices too.
Identical to Office for iPad. No surprise here, but what we see looks virtually identical to Office on iPad today.
Good stuff, and I'm glad they posted this. The natives are getting restless.