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Microsoft Reveals Brand New Office for Phones and Tablets

by Todd Haselton | January 21, 2015January 21, 2015 9:58 am PDT

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Microsoft is discussing all sorts of new features coming to Windows 10 for PCs, phones and tablets today. Microsoft will include Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint applications on all new phones and tablets, and the applications have been redesigned to function much better than they do today. If you’ve used it across platforms, you probably already know that Office for Windows Phone isn’t as good as it is for Android and iOS. Thankfully that’s changing.

New features include a ribbon at the top of the user interface for highlighting text, changing font color, clearing formatting, adding bullets and numbers, creating bold, italicized or underlined text and more. All of this can be accessed in an easy-to-use drop-down menu. PowerPoint is also being updated with plenty of new features and functionality that’s hardware accelerated, so that everything is smoother. Wireless printing will be built into the suite, as will the ability to easily project documents (though Microsoft didn’t discuss how, exactly). Finally, Outlook will have Microsoft’s Word engine built into it, which means composing e-mails should offer a similar experience to what you’ll find in the Word app.

Microsoft hasn’t said when it will ship the new Windows 10 operating system for phones, but it’s shaping up to be a pretty sweet offering.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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