Microsoft has just released technical preview of its touch input enabled, ‘universal’ office apps for Windows 10. The new apps are available to download and install on PCs, Laptops and tablets running Windows 10 Technical preview.

So why ‘universal’ ? Well, Microsoft has been trying to integrate each and every device which runs its Windows OS under one, unified platform. And since it almost failed to do so through Windows 8 (and skipped Windows 9), the Redmond giant is aiming to achieve the same through Windows 10.

The apps can be downloaded from the following links :

These “universal” Office apps are optimized for touch and mobile use and are finally a better take on Microsoft’s attempted cross-device interfacing, in which it failed miserably during Windows 8’s short tenure.

And its not just cross-device integration which Microsoft is aiming at. With Windows 10’s powerful features, Microsoft is also aiming at cross-patform integration of its Office apps, so as to make our lives easier, and our work more efficient. It recently made the entire office suite available for free, on Google Play Store.

These new Office apps will be pre-installed for free on phones and small tablets running Windows 10, and available to download from the Windows Store for other devices.

As for the desktop version of Office, we already know that Office 2016 will start shipping in the second half of this year.


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