Microsoft removes the 'preview' tag from Office Universal Apps in latest update

Microsoft has finally removed the Preview tag found on its mobile suite of Office productivity apps. This is part of the company prepping for the release of Windows 10 before the end of the month.

Office for touch-enabled devices was one of the most coveted and highly requested features and, finally, a year ago, Microsoft released a touch-centric version of Office but, to the surprise of many, it came to the iPad before the Windows version was even previewed. This was followed by iPhone and Android support and the suite was met with wide success across both platforms, generating over 100 million cumulative downloads within a year.

All the while, Microsoft's own platforms, both Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, were left waiting. This changed early this year, when a preview was provided to Insiders running the desktop version, with mobile support following in a few months. Now, a few weeks before Windows 10's launch on the desktop, the Office team has removed the 'preview' tag on the Windows 10 Office apps and has pushed the final version to the store.

As expected, no new functionality has been added but the apps are certainly more optimised than was the case a few months ago. They offer not only a means of performing quick edits on the go but also provide an excellent touch experience, with native integration into the OS and interoperability with other first-party apps, such as OneDrive and Outlook.

The mobile apps will continue to be optimized and are expected to receive constant updates, as Microsoft moves towards a new way of providing support for its apps and services.

You can download Microsoft's Office apps from here.

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