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The New Microsoft Office App Looks Like A Winner

By March 3, 2020May 9th, 2022Technology News

In November of 2019, Microsoft made an announcement and gave users an early look at a new unified Office app designed specifically for Android and iOS devices. The purpose, of course, was to provide the essential functionality of Office in a faster, leaner, and lighter package that was better suited for use on mobile devices.

As of February 19th, 2020, the wait is over. Microsoft moved from merely previewing the new app to making it available for all users on both Android and iOS.

In the months since the preview was offered, additional functionality has been added and the app has been further streamlined. The final version includes support for third-party storage services, allowing users to connect their Box, Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive folders to the app In addition, they’ll have access to popular templates, which makes the creation of complex documents and spreadsheets a snap.

Not content to stop there though. When Microsoft made the app available to all, they also announced that in the months ahead, they’d be releasing a trio of content-creation oriented features. These include Word Dictation, which will allow users to speak text into their devices and write or edit Word documents.

The company will also be releasing Excel Cards View, which is a card format for viewing and editing Excel table row data that doesn’t extend beyond screen limits. There will be a new outline to PowerPoint, which will allow users to create power point presentations in outline form and use PowerPoint Designer to turn it into a slide deck.

In its current form, the app is outstanding, delivering on the promise to provide Office functionality in a sleeker, lighter package. With the planned enhancements though, Microsoft’s new app will go from outstanding to unbelievably good. We can hardly wait to see what else the company may have in store. If you’re an Office user, get this app today. You’ll be very glad you did!

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.