Written by: Lorenzo Villalobos
When Microsoft launched its Office anywhere! Initiative with Microsoft Office 365 it boasted about the mobile experience and how Office 365 could be utilized on every platform to create, edit and share document. Although they were not lying it was clearly a much better experience on other platforms than their own. Luckily with the release of Windows 10, Office 2016, and Windows Phone 10, Microsoft has started to take its mobile experience at the home front more seriously.
Word Mobile encompasses the best that Microsoft has to offer in terms of design, features, integrations, and ease of use. Word Mobile knows what it is, and doesn’t stray far from its roots. Microsoft has done a wonderful job of bringing only the most essential and useful features that users on the go would need, but that’s not all its doing.
If you look at the above image you might be tempted to think that there is no way that the Word Mobile can hold a match to its desktop counterpart, I mean just look at all them options, and buttons. But let me ask you this, how often do you find yourself applying complex formatting to documents? If you say often then it’s a no brainer that this is not for you, but if you are like me and need a quick editor on the go then its more than enough.
Right now one of the hardest drawbacks is not being able to apply custom styles, but as the life cycle of the application continues we see Microsoft getting the application closer and closer to what they envision the mobile Office experience to be like.
At 150MB installed it’s a heck of a lot smaller than the full Microsoft Office suite, it also saves natively to the cloud, allows you to share with other users easily, offers, comes with version control, supports commenting and has enough font options to keep your documents interesting. Since its all saved into your OneDrive you can easily move into the desktop version of word to add anything that Word Mobile might not allow you to.
All in all the future of the Office 365 mobile experience is looking very bright, having written this entire article on Word Mobile only strengthens my conviction to test and review more Windows Store apps. Who knows maybe the next version of Office will be a be sold exclusively through the app store, just kidding of course!
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