Office “universal” apps on Windows 10 – what’s new?

We’re all super excited about the recent Windows 10 announcement, and as well as the overall improvements to the aesthetic and functionality of the operating system as a whole, there will be a number of updates and improvements the way Office will function. While these changes are by no means restricted to any particular industry or application, they will be applicable within education through the increased use of touch and mobile optimised versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook for Windows 10, either in the classroom itself, or during personal study time.

The following video from the Office Mechanics channel (formerly the Office Garage series) demonstrates some of the new features to be found within the universal Office apps for Windows 10, which both teachers and students will be able to make use of:

To give you a bit more of an idea of how the Office universal apps for Windows 10 will work, we're going to borrow some content from the main Microsoft Office blog:

Word for Windows 10—Create and edit great looking documents with Word. Review and mark-up documents, then share your work with others to collaborate in real time. The new Insights for Office feature (powered by Bing) in Read mode brings additional online resources like images, web references and definitions right to you in your reading experience.

Windows10 - Word

Excel for Windows 10—Use Excel to create and update spreadsheets and gain new insights as you analyse data and visualise it with charts. And new touch-first controls shine in Excel, you won’t even miss your keyboard and mouse when selecting ranges of cells, formatting your pie charts or managing your workbooks.

Windows10 - Excel

PowerPoint for Windows 10—Create and edit beautiful presentations with PowerPoint. Then use Presenter View to prepare and present with confidence, even use Ink Tools to annotate your slides in real time so your audience really knows what you are talking about.

Windows10 - PPT

OneNote for Windows 10—Capture all your thoughts, ideas and to-do’s with the new version of OneNote. Getting things done with your friends, classmates and colleagues has never been easier with shared notebooks–now with the consistent Office ribbon experience.

Windows10 - OneNote

Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar for Windows 10—Crafting emails has never been easier or more powerful, with the familiar and rich capability of Microsoft Word built into the authoring experience. Simply insert tables, add pictures and use bullets and colour to get your point across. Keep up with your inbox with new touch gestures that help you read, sort, flag and archive your mail.


There will be further announcements and information released about Windows 10 - and indeed Office 2016 - in due course, and we’ll be updating you on a the best ways that you can make use of new features and functionality in the classroom. However, one of our best sources of information about this is the feedback we hear from teachers who are using the products on the front line! So once you’re up and running with Windows 10 please feel free to get in touch with us to tell us your stories!

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