Office for Windows Phone 8 revealed

Much like how Microsoft has chosen to pre-install a version of Office on all Windows RT devices, the company will also make a version of its software suite available for anyone who buys a new Windows Phone 8 device from Nokia, Samsung and HTC.

In a new post on the Office Next blog, Microsoft goes over some of the features that Windows Phone 8 users can expect from their version of Office. The Office Hub is the place that those users can quickly access programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The use of the Office 365 subscription service means that documents created on one product can be view in the Windows Phone 8 version. Microsoft states:

Email attachments you’ve opened in Outlook Mobile will also show up automatically in the Office hub. And you can access documents on SkyDrive or Office 365, and share them with others. And of course we’ve made sure that the Office Hub takes advantage of the new ‘Tap + Send’ feature in Windows Phone 8 to let you share documents by tapping your phone on another NFC-capable device.

The blog also goes over some specific improvements made to Office software for Windows Phone 8. For example, Microsoft said it has put in some new features in PowerPoint, saying, "We added portrait mode with speaker notes, and slide thumbnails make navigation between slides a lot easier."

Excel also has some added features, with Microsoft saying that its new "touch friendly" view allows for easier and faster range selection and resizing of columns. The new Word also allows for full screen reading of documents. OneNote Mobile has been turned into a separate app for Windows Phone 8, outside the Office Hub.

Source: Office Next blog | Image via Microsoft

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19 Comments

cool I cant remember how many times I tried to do work on a phone? I think I may have tried once years ago with a blackberry and decided it was a joke.

S7R1K3R said,
cool I cant remember how many times I tried to do work on a phone? I think I may have tried once years ago with a blackberry and decided it was a joke.

I use one note, word all the time and revising or taking a look at a document comes in handy.

S7R1K3R said,
cool I cant remember how many times I tried to do work on a phone? I think I may have tried once years ago with a blackberry and decided it was a joke.

I'm betting Office for Windows Phone 8 will be an amazing experience on a 4,8-inch screen.

.Neo said,

I'm betting Office for Windows Phone 8 will be an amazing experience on a 4,8-inch screen.

It's pretty useful for me on my Lumia 900. Sure I'm not writing a novel on there but it does let me make a few changes or run a formula in Excel, which is nice. It looks like they improved Excel a bit so I'm looking forward to this.

S7R1K3R said,
cool I cant remember how many times I tried to do work on a phone? I think I may have tried once years ago with a blackberry and decided it was a joke.

You should try Android or iOS. WP office is one of worst in term of UI and functionality.
There are some great mobile alternatives like Kingsoft Office and Smart Office.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
pretty nice when i want to edit a school paper on the way to school or in school so it wont be late oh what we do in a pinch

yeap
I might not use it as often as other features... But when i do, im happy it is there.

These are slightly updated versions of the SAME Office Apps that have been on WP7 for over 2 years.

The only real news is what the WP8 presentation had today that OneNote is integrated, so that is more a part of the OS, and the 'sharing' of information with Rooms and other features.

The other Word and Excel demonstrations didn't seem to be vastly different than the WP7 versions.

However, it is possible, Microsoft is planning a more full featured released, since 'technically' Windows RT and WP8 can run the same native code 'as Microsoft allows, which they would themselves'.

PS If people didn't realize they had Office on WP7 now, they really are missing out on one of its best features. Additionally, Office Web runs just fine in IE9 on WP7, as well as many other phone browsers.

(OneNote on your phone that is full time in sync with all your PCs and the Web is one of the best features where Office 2010 and WP7 features work together so well.)

thenetavenger said,
These are slightly updated versions of the SAME Office Apps that have been on WP7 for over 2 years.

Which, in turn, are just slight upgraded versions of Office for Windows Mobile 6.5 - and by upgraded that mostly consisted of UI changes and file format additions, not particularly any great functional additions.

I get the impression, based on the keynote today, that this is about access to the files and formats and how everything syncs/updates across all the devices. Office is a big part of Windows and it makes sense to have it on the phones for viewing/quick edits. I don't think it's intended to be a place where you start doing multi-sheet spreadsheets on your virtual keyboard...

The article says:
Much like how Microsoft has chosen to pre-install a version of Office on all Windows RT devices, the company will also make a version of its software suite available for anyone who buys a new Windows Phone 8 device from Nokia, Samsung and HTC.

Look, if you don't know much about Microsoft technologies, please stop pretending that you do.

Office has been a part of Windows Mobile since its inception, so it's got nothing to do with being "like Windows RT". Also, it's got nothing to do with the manufacturers, it's the platform, so this is really lazy reporting indeed. You've implied that only three manufacturers of WP8 devices will get the mobile version of Office, but every manufacturer that releases a phone based on the Windows Phone platform will get it, not just the three most well known.

I expect much more from MS than this on what should have been their biggest selling feature (Office experience integrated with the cloud is their strength). Looking at all the competition on Android or iOS I expect at least that level.

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