Back in January, Microsoft revealed what the next versions of Office will look like. There will be a traditional, full featured desktop client, including the entire suite of Office applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher. But up until now, there has not been a publicly available version of Office for touch based Windows computers. This changes today, with the Office for Windows 10 universal apps now available in preview form.

The new universal apps will be available on Windows 10 PCs, phones, and tablets, with the latter two versions being made available in a few weeks. That is no problem, because the Windows 10 for phones preview is not yet out.

These share a common look and feel with the Office for iPad and Office for Android versions that have been released. It has been a bit odd that there was no touch first version of Office for Microsoft’s own platform, but the company has certainly shifted its strategy to ensure they have their software available across all platforms.

Much like the other mobile versions, Office for Windows 10 will have a free version, and to unlock all of the features, an Office 365 subscription will be required. At the moment, it just says “some functionality will require a qualifying Office 365 subscription” so we will have to wait and see what features do require that, and if it matches up with the iOS or Android versions.

The preview apps are propagating through the store, and will only be available to those on the Windows 10 Technical Preview. If you are having issues finding it in your store, these direct links should provide you the downloads.

Word Preview

Excel Preview

PowerPoint Preview

Source: Office Blog

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  • damianrobertjones - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - link

    Looks perfectly fine to me. Maybe actually try it before posting the usual rubbish?
  • Penti - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - link

    It's not a fully featured office variant. If your okay with competing mobile office suites your fine with this one too.
  • Michael Bay - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - link

    He`d have nothing to post then.
    Win8 haters were always the most pathetic, knowing literally nothing of the thing they badmouth.
  • 2024yearofthelinuxdesktop - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - link

    It's amazing that there are still people on the internet who will vehemently defend a Microsoft OS that MS themselves have basically gone out and apologized for.

    In other news:

    "Windows 8 went from 4.03 percent in December to 3.79 percent in January, a drop of 0.24 percentage points. Windows 8.1 went from 9.49 percent to 10.04 percent, gaining 0.5 percentage points. In total Windows 8.x grew by just 0.03 percentage points.

    In comparison, Windows XP went from 18.26 percent to 18.93 percent. That’s an improvement of 0.67 percent -- twice as much as Windows 8.x managed."
  • Azurael - Friday, February 6, 2015 - link

    Nobody questioned the fact that it's been an abject failure in the marketplace. I can't imagine all the bad press helped with that. But really, what's the big deal regarding Windows 8? 8.1 boots faster than 7 on everything I've installed it on so far - especially machines that can EFI boot. It seems less laggy too. The quicker access to essential functionality via a right click of the 'Start' button is a boon, as is the dramatically improved Task Manager. Jumping straight to the all programs screen gives me all the functionality I ever had with the Start Menu in previous versions. Aside from that, I can't see any difference in my usage of a non-touch driven computer since upgrading. I also can't imagine I'd have enjoyed writing this post much on a touch screen device running Windows 7... And personally, I prefer the new uncluttered, flat desktop theme to Aero's chintz and unnecessary transparency.

    I'd love to see a decent browser for the modern UI though. I'm a Chrome fanboy on 'traditional' systems and Android, but here Chrome feels rather clunky - it doesn't scroll smoothly at all (even though Chrome running under Android on the same tablet is great) The consensus online seems to be that IE11 in Modern UI mode is okay. I suppose it's better than any previous version of IE (I can use it without wanting to gouge my eyes out) but it's still noticeably slower rendering pages than Chrome, seems to suffer from more rendering glitches than other browsers and also prone to being totally crashed by crummy scripting in a way neither Chrome or Firefox are...
  • Impulses - Saturday, February 7, 2015 - link

    I always found all the hate centered around the touch optimized Start screen kind of hilarious... Usability wise it wasn't any worse on the desktop than the old Start Menu which for years everyone derided as some Win 9x vestige that easily got cluttered and disorganized, all of a sudden everyone missed it tho, gimme a break.
  • tabascosauz - Saturday, February 7, 2015 - link

    If anyone makes a complaint about Win 10's start menu, they should be permanently banned from expressing their opinion ever again.

    Now that one has the option for the smaller, classic-sized start menu as well as the 8.1-sized start screen, there's no reason to complain. Now that Metro apps can be run in fullscreen or windowed, there's even less of a reason to complain.
  • sadsteve - Monday, February 9, 2015 - link

    I have one complaint about the Windows 10 Start Menu. The width is not adjustable. If I remove all the items on the right hand side of the Start Menu, it stll takes up half of the screen on a wide screen monitor. I'm assuming this is just because it's a preview of the real thing and that they'll fix it before a real release occurs. If not, I'll keep using StartIsBack.
  • sadsteve - Monday, February 9, 2015 - link

    Hm, you didn't try to configure the desktop settings? Under Windows 7 you can adjust the amount of bling you want. I always turned of transparency and most animations.

    Unfortunately, Windows 8 and above just took most of the options away from you.
  • Murloc - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - link

    you may not like the Swiss Style but because of smartphones (I don't think it's just a fashion, but rather that on smaller screens a cleaner style is more readable and there's also all the dpi and ctrl+wheel zooming stuff that works flawlessly if you don't have buttons made with raster images), it's here to stay at least as long as the glossy buttons stuff stayed here, and that's like 15 years.

    Even Anandtech was hit by the same stick.

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