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Microsoft push for Office testers may include Windows touch and Android versions

by David Needle

July 3 2014

A screenshot of Word for iPad. Microsoft is currently looking for testers for a new version of Office.
A screenshot of Word for iPad. Microsoft is currently looking for testers for a new version of Office.

To hear Microsoft tell it, it’s not a question of if but when the software giant will release new versions of Office designed specifically for Windows and Android tablets. 

Microsoft made a splash back in March with the long-awaited release of iPad versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. At the time, new CEO Satya Nadella promised work was also underway on a touch-enabled version of the Office suite that will run on Windows tablets as well as Android devices.

Now Microsoft is looking for volunteers to test beta versions of Office software that could in fact be the touch-enabled Office apps.

The “pre-release program” reported by PC World includes Microsoft's productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Visio, Access, Publisher and Outlook. Business users can also sign up to test beta versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Project.

But as details aren’t yet known, this beta testing program could primarily be related to a new desktop version of Office rather than mobile platforms. Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley reported last month that the so-called Metro touch-enabled version of Office for Windows may not be ready until Spring of 2015.

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