Microsoft Unveils The New Office
“We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer said at the press conference in San Francisco. “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.” Ballmer also said at the event that for Microsoft, this was “the most ambitious release of Office.”
The new Office is designed to work best on Windows 8 and is clearly designed for tablets, featuring responsiveness to Touch (including the ability to swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations), Inking, as well as new Windows 8 applications.
The New Office will also be also be included in Windows RT. Microsoft says that Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.
Microsoft did not provide details on pricing or a final release schedule during the announcement.