Today, we learned that Microsoft has redesigned the Office Mobile applications. Previously, people would have to download separate applications to use all of the Microsoft Office functionality.
However, this is no more. Microsoft has redesigned the experience, to keep everything in one place. This means that Excel, Powerpoint, and Word will be launched through an individual application – which is being called “Office”.
In a blog power over at Microsoft, Bill Doll offered some insight into the changes.
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.
Alongside this change, some new features are coming to the suite. First off, a new “action pane” will let you do common tasks. This includes creating PDFs with your camera, signing PDFs with your finger, scanning QR codes, and transferring files between devices.
Right now, the changes are only available in the public previews. To download them, choose your operating system below. However, the iOS beta seems to be limited to 10,000 users – So download while you can.