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Microsoft has released a public preview of a new Office for mobile devices, combining Excel, Word and PowerPoint into a single application and adding new features for quick actions such as converting images to text or creating and signing PDFs. This new app for iOS and Android was announced today at the company's Ignite event …

  1. jonathan keith Silver badge


    All very well and good, but can mobile Outlook now display Office365 Group calendars?

  2. Test Man

    When will ANY of the Office apps see the Personal Vault in OneDrive?

    1. Gordon 10 Silver badge

      Unfortunately since the Apps aren't in Vault club they're aren't allowed to talk about Vault club.

      1. jonathan keith Silver badge

        ... although they wouldn't be allowed to talk about Vault club even if they *were* in Vault club. Damn , that's a tricky one!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

    why the (...) would anyone want to create / work on a document or excel file on a 5 - 6 inch screen beats me. But then, it's time when influencers replaced experts and primary school English teachers can't spell, and appear genuinely baffled when I'm genuinely baffled that they're genuinely baffled. Time to die :(

    1. GlenP Silver badge

      Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

      I wouldn't do extensive work on a spreadsheet on the mobile but it's a handy way of adding notes or small amounts of data when out-and-about.

    2. katrinab Silver badge

      Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

      You can update your expenses sheet / mileage log while you are on the road

      Write notes to yourself that are available both on your phone and computer

      All the sorts of things you would have previously used a pen + A6 notepad for

      That after all is the whole point of having a smartphone.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

        but why on earth are you working on the road, in your own time, presumably? Is it "because it's 2019 that's why"?

        1. katrinab Silver badge
          Paris Hilton

          Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

          Because not everything can be done over an internet connection

        2. joeW

          Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

          Not everyone works in the same location every day.

        3. TheVogon

          Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

          You mean that you don't travel only in paid time?! Other than commuting to and from a base office anything else is on the pay clock.

    3. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

      With Samsung's Dex I can connect my phone to a big screen and keyboard. And Word is great on my Gemini.

      Not that I'm keen to edit Office files on it, just pointing out that there are more options than you might imagine.

    4. Mark192 Silver badge

      Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

      "why the (...) would anyone want to create / work on a document or excel file on a 5 - 6 inch screen beats me"

      - I don't have a laptop/desktop with me so tiny screen is better than no screen

      - I don't want to get my laptop out just to quickly check/alter something

      - I'm viewing my phone screen on a TV or monitor and am using a full sized keyboard and mouse

      Microsoft, I have in the linked press release, statement stated:

      "The new Office mobile app represents our vision for what a productivity solution would look like if first built for mobile devices. In designing this new experience, we first considered how people’s expectations differ when using a phone versus a computer, so we set out to optimize for simplicity, efficiency, and common mobile needs. Next, we explored how to better incorporate the unique ways that people input data and create content on a mobile device – essentially turning the phone form factor from a liability for doing work into an asset."

      Sounds like BS but it'll be interesting to see what they do.

    5. Lazlo Woodbine

      Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

      As a writer I use whatever is available when an idea strikes.

      I was once out in Glasgow when an idea for a story arrived from nowhere, I convened to a nearby hostelry (it being Glasgow there were many nearby) and set about tapping the first 1,000 or so words of the story into Word on my phone.

      Whilst I would never have considered publishing this story as is, there were far fewer typos than I expected when I edited it on my laptop later...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Did anyone else think "Oh - a mobile version of Microsoft Works after all these years" ?

    1. katrinab Silver badge

      Did anyone else think: I've seen this on Android before they released the separate Word/Excel/PowerPoint apps?

    2. LDS Silver badge

      It looks like they ported the Windows Phone app...

  5. PhillW

    All the sorts of things you would have previously used a pen + A6 notepad for................ then not pissed about on twatter and freakbook for the next 2 hours.

    All on company time like................ Can't have the UK rocketing up the productivity league now can we.

  6. 0laf Silver badge


    Have MS run its data slurp passed the EU data protection board so that we don't roll this out only to be told it's unlawful becasue MS has decided to snuffle at the data trough without looking back on previous decisions against it?

  7. BGatez


    ugh, just ugh

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