During its Ignite 2019 conference, Microsoft unveils a new Office application for iOS and Android. While the software giant has had separate versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint available for iOS and Android for years, this new Office application is designed to combine them in one download.
In other words, you can access recent Word documents or even create new PowerPoint presentations while creating Excel tables from your smartphone with a single application. For some more traditional Office users, this could be confusing because everything, including all Office files and features, is put in one basket. But, that’s exactly what Microsoft is trying to argue. The new Office app for mobile attempts to imagine what a productivity office suite would be like if it had been designed with mobile in mind.
The Redmond-based giant has done a great job in combining all the functionality of the various Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications into one Office application. The applications are identical, but they are now in a single application, which is much lighter than the separate applications of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
This new application is now presented as a central hub for Microsoft, which presents all the new functionalities which it has gradually added to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint over the last few months. There is a prominent action section that includes the ability to transfer files from your computer to a smartphone, convert images to text or tables, scan images to PDF, and even scan QR codes.
These were features that were always hidden before, but they will likely be used frequently now that they appear at the top in this Office application. These are also quick and useful tasks that you are more likely to use on a smartphone than on a PC.
A public preview
In addition to this new Office application, Microsoft has unveiled its new Fluent Design version of the Office logo. Microsoft has constantly improved the icons used for a variety of Office applications over the past year, and the new Office logo is a more colorful version of the flat orange icon that the company has used in recent years. It is included in this Office app for iOS and Android, and it will be used elsewhere on Office.com and other Microsoft Office apps in the coming months.
If you’re interested in trying this new Office mobile app, Microsoft is launching a public preview today.