Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft had removed the ‘preview’ tag from its Office Universal Apps on Windows 10 Mobile. Well, today company has shared some more details on the future of its touch-centric productivity suite.
Microsoft said that on Windows 10 PCs and large tablets a qualifying Office 365 subscription will be required to edit documents on Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint mobile apps. For people using small Windows 10 devices (10.1” or less), it’ll remain free.
Similar to what we announced in March, viewing and most editing will remain free for non-commercial use on devices of 10.1” or less. Otherwise, you will need a qualifying Office 365 subscription.
The full featured OneNote Universal App will come installed with Windows 10 and similar to OneNote on all other devices, editing is free.
Microsoft has also clarified how it will name the office apps. The Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps for the desktop will be referred to as Office Mobile and have an extra ‘Mobile’ in their name to distinguish them from Office desktop suite. On the mobile side, they are simply called Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
The ‘Preview’ qualifier will also be dropped from the app names, though it might take a week before you see that in the Store. This is also when the Office 365 subscription restriction for PCs and large tablets will be introduced.