The newest version of Office, unveiled yesterday, will offer users the ability to save documents direct to Microsoft’s cloud-based Sky Drive.
Introducing the product, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said was the company’s first product to be “designed from the get-go to be software as a service“.
The new Office suite, available immediately as a public preview from the Office Preview site, sports a fresh new look, heavily inspired by the Metro interface.
“It’s the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done,” said Ballmer.
The big question on everyone’s lips has been how Microsoft intends to bridge the gap between Metro and desktop. It’s now very clear that Office has been heavily influenced by the new look and feel of Windows 8.
All the apps shown off during the demonstration were shown full screen in touch mode, with no title bar, and what was repeatedly referred to as “very sleek, very clean user experience”. No mention at all was made of Office as a standard desktop suite or how it was to operate as a standard, mouse-driven piece of software during the presentation.
The ribbon, which it had been rumoured was due for the axe, in fact remains, but is now hidden by default, sliding into existence smoothly when tapped with a finger.
What’s new in the apps?
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