The ‘universal’ app will be compatible across all devices, touch-based or not.
Along with the recent announcement made on Windows 10, Microsoft also placed a spotlight on the next version of its Office productivity suite, which is scheduled to be released by the end of this year. Another good news is that if you are purchasing a Windows 10 device – smartphone, tablet, desktop or a notebook – Office will be pre-installed for free.
The last Office suite, which was released in 2013, focused a deep integration of the products into the cloud – particularly Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service. In the past year, we also saw the introduction of mobile and tablet apps for Word, PowerPoint and Excel, which can be installed on iOS and Android devices.
A blog post confirmed that the company is working on Office 2016 (as it will be officially called) and will be available to download exclusively at the Windows Store (no word if there will be a physical copy of the software being available separately).
The post also showcased some of the new features that the new suite will have, including a design reminiscent of responsive websites, which automatically change layouts as the screen size changes. This applies to the universal app function of Microsoft Office.
Check out more information about Office 2016 in the video below: