Office For Windows 10 To Be Installed For Free
Microsoft has allowed on its blog a closer look at the new touch-optimized Office apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Calendar, that are being worked on. Microsoft is calling this touch-first suite “Office for Windows 10,” whereas it has also coined the desktop version of its Office suite as “Office 16.”
The apps in the Office for Windows 10 suite are actually “universal apps,” which means that their basic code is the same, across Windows Phones and tablets alike. It is so universal, that it even shares the code with Office for Android, Microsoft officials have said.
The desktop version is going to be more fully featured, including additional Office apps as part of the suite, and will work on the desktop in Windows 10.
As we told you a few days back, Microsoft has been feeling generous with Windows 10’s distribution. It will be free for Windows 7, 8 and WP 8.1 users to upgrade to for an year. Now Microsoft has announced that the Office for Windows 10 suite will be pre-installed for free on Windows Phones and small (under eight-inch) tablets which are running Windows 10. Larger screen sized devices will be able to download it from the Windows Store.
However, there is no clear statement from officials whether these downloadable touch-first versions will be free or require an Office 365 subscription to unlock the full set of features like with Office on iPad and Office on Android tablets.
We had been hearing that the first public preview of Office for Windows 10 would take place in February this year. However, the blog post says that the universal apps will be available with “the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the coming weeks.” This just might mean that it will be in February, as part of the first Windows 10 mobile preview.
Microsoft has also given an idea that the general availability for the Office for Windows 10 suite will be “later this year.” It might be available around the same time as Office 2016, which is expected to be released in the second half of this year.
Features of Office 16 have been leaked time and again, but so far are very minor. Microsoft is privately testing Office 2016 inside the company, as well as outside with Office 365 subscribers who have been accepted into the test program.