Microsoft Introduces the New Office on Windows Phone 8
Microsoft recently did an in-depth blog post introducing the new Office for Windows Phone 8. Check out the details!
Microsoft recently summarized the features for the new Office version for Windows Phone 8. Office now comes pre-installed on every new Windows Phone 8 device, and here is part of their blog post:
When we started on this journey we set five clear objectives:
- All your Office documents, where and when you want them
- The best Office document rendering on any phone
- All your notes – in one place and with you, anywhere
- Communicate and collaborate effectively from your mobile device
- The most world-ready Office experience on any phone
All your Office documents, where and when you want them
Whether you’re using SkyDrive or Office 365, getting access to your Office content is just part of the phone’s easy set up. Windows Phone 8 auto-discovery gets you connected to your accounts, so you can get things done from any place, at any time.
The Office Hub – your go-to spot for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel – is redesigned with a simple and fluid navigation. Finding and accessing your personal and work documents on SkyDrive, Office 365 and SharePoint is also easy and intuitive.
In Office 365 your documents “travel with you,” even on different devices. No matter which device you used to last view or update a file, it will show up in your list of recently used documents on the phone. 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.
Figure 1: Your list of recently used documents on SkyDrive, Office 365 and SharePoint, across all of your devices
The best Office document rendering on any phone
Viewing Office content is a natural and delightful experience, optimally adjusted for the unique attributes of Windows Phone 8. Simple edits can be made with ease. In Word, Excel and PowerPoint, we’ve made the best even better by introducing a number of noticeable user experience and content fidelity improvements. All apps put content first and have a greatly enhanced ability to render gorgeous charts.
PowerPoint seamlessly renders all shapes and SmartArt Graphics, and honors your transition effects and timing. We added portrait mode with speaker notes, and slide thumbnails make navigation between slides a lot easier.
Figure 2: Portrait mode with speaker notes, and slide thumbnails in PowerPoint
Excel also offers noteworthy new enhancements. Workbooks open at the last saved sheet and zoom level, and navigating through a large Excel worksheet is fast and fluid. New touch-friendly handles make range selection and resizing of columns and rows a snap.
Figure 3: New cell selection handles in Excel