Microsoft preps for "the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done," says CEO. But will it be a jack-of-all-trades, master of none?
The updated Office applications have been rejiggered to work more easily with touch-screen devices. One of the prime features of Windows 8 is its Metro interface, which was designed for smartphones and tablets.
“This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done,” CEO Steve Ballmer announced at a news event here.
The new version of Office is designed to be extraordinarily flexible, Ballmer said. Users will be able to run it on touch-screen tablets and PCs. They will be able to interact with it using their fingers, styluses, keyboards or mice. And they can purchase it as packaged software or subscribe to it as a service.
Microsoft has only overhauled two of the applications — the OneNote note-taking program and the Lync collaboration software — so that they will work under the Metro interface. All the other applications can be used only in Windows’ traditional desktop interface.
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