Touch-friendly Office coming to Windows, demoed at BUILD

Much like Microsoft has done for iOS, Office will be coming to Windows in a touch-friendly variety and it was demoed at BUILD. To help you get a better look at the UI, we snapped a bunch of photos during the demo and have posted them below.

Microsoft will be bringing Word, Powerpoint and Excel to the modern environment. Microsoft made it clear that this is preliminary code, which likely means that we may not see the platform for a modest amount of time, which frankly, is quite odd seeing as they sell the experience already on iOS.

One of the cool features about the platform is that it also works on Windows Phone too; this will provide one user experience on many different sized devices. By providing a multi-environment experience, Microsoft shows off the capabilities of their code base and their ecosystem for developers.

Sadly, Microsoft only showed off the Powerpoint user interface and left Word and Excel UIs to your imagination. We would expect that the final UI will look similar to the interface on iOS as that platform is already designed a finger friendly setup, so there is no reason to reinvent the wheel with the Windows iteration.

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neonspark said,
meh. just power point.

The UI will be similar between the rest of the Office apps, so showing you one is a good look at what Word, Excel and so on will look like.

neonspark said,
meh. just power point.

They specifically used Powerpoint for the demo to show the speed. As Powerpoint is heavy and graphically demanding, they wanted to demonstrate it running flawlessly, even on WP8.1.

Good news and looks good although kind of disappointing that we're still waiting for the touch based version for windows itself given 1) the companies push for touch...in windows itself and 2) how handy it would be for surface lines.

link6155 said,
Well actually office 2013 had touch mode, this is just the Modern UI app version of office.

That's true and a fair point but big difference that option and actually being fully usable on a touch device as would be intended in metro by expectations and the look of the pics.

We're probably waiting because they had to enable support for universal apps first and then build these that way.

Sweet, I wonder what the price will be, I hope it's not like the iPad version where you need an Office 365 subscription to edit.

Why not? That's more functionality than you currently have if you don't have an Office 365 subscription or haven't paid for Office.

Stokkolm said,
Why not? That's more functionality than you currently have if you don't have an Office 365 subscription or haven't paid for Office.
I mean I hope they don't force you to have a Office 365 subscription. I would rather pay upfront once rather than an annual cost. Office on Windows RT doesn't require an office 365 subscription, and I hope this won't either.

AsherGZ said,
I hope not. That's going to leave out many markets where Microsoft do not offer 365 services yet.

It would only make sense. Instead of buying a product suite that's maybe/maybe not out of date, you get a product that's always updated.

StandingInAlley said,
That's a big possibility since the demo dropped a few hints like the power of cloud and saving documents there.

You can do that without a office 365 sub, I save office documents in 2013 up to my OneDrive right now.

Dot Matrix said,

It would only make sense. Instead of buying a product suite that's maybe/maybe not out of date, you get a product that's always updated.

Isn't Office 2013 being updated too? Not everyone wants to pay premium for always up-to-the-minute updated software but obviously that's where things are headed.

Dot Matrix said,

It would only make sense. Instead of buying a product suite that's maybe/maybe not out of date, you get a product that's always updated.

Although you rent it, do not buy it.

Dot Matrix said,
It would only make sense. Instead of buying a product suite that's maybe/maybe not out of date, you get a product that's always updated.
Some people prefer a one-time purchase instead of a subscription model, so IMO they should keep both going for now.