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Microsoft will develop Office suite as Windows 8 Modern (Metro) app

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#1 Burned Phoenix

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:05 AM



Two apps from Microsoft Office suite, OneNote and Lync are available as Windows 8 apps with Metro UI on Windows Store. But Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook aren't actually Windows 8 apps. The core of the new suite runs on Windows 8's desktop environment. Office 2013 is available on Windows Store but just with a link to the desktop version.

Why didn't Microsoft go all the way and build Office 2013 as a Windows 8 app?

In an interview with Mashable, P.J. Hough, Microsoft's vice president of Office program management said the company does have plans to offer a modern (Metro) version of Office suite. "We're committed to delivering a full set of Office experiences on Windows 8," says Hough. "We've gotten a lot of experience from OneNote and Lync, and we're going to continue down that path.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

The OneNote modern app is really good. I use it all the time.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:45 PM


I agree. OneNote is better than Evernote for Windows 8.

But one Android platform, Evernote is still better than OneNote.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

OneNote is the best Office application IMO. I like how OneNote segments all the notes in Notebook, then Sections and then Pages, unlike EverNote which just stacks notes in Notebooks.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

OneNote is amazing. Been using it since 2007 and it's only gotten better since. OneNote on Windows Phone, Windows 8, and OneNote 2013 with i'm on Windows 7. The best part is how my Microsoft Account keeps all my notes synced across all of these locations. Winning!

#6 Frylock86


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

Hopefully this happens while Windows 8 is still supported. 

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