Microsoft hints at new apps for Office suite

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Microsoft executives signaled that Microsoft is working to add new apps to its Office suite, as well as versions tailored for new platforms.

In an interview with GeekWire published Friday morning, Microsoft corporate vice president of marketing for Office, John Case, cited OneNote as a an addition that added value to the Office suite.

“We’ll do more things like that, that will be about different form factors and different applications,” he told the wire. “The Office suite has been very consistent. We haven’t had new apps in a long time. We’ll have some new app investments coming. New ways of creating content, new ways of storing and organizing content.”

“As much we love Word, Excel and PowerPoint, there’s another generation of app experiences we want to enable,” Case added. “Some of it will feel like big stuff, and some will feel like small stuff. We want to let you create content in different ways that we think will be more personal for you.”

Enabling apps for different form factors seems like a promise that Office for Android tablets will arrive eventually, even if it’s continual delays have diminished its importance. And there’s the rumored all-touch or “Metro” version of Office, as well, which could certainly be ported to other mobile platforms. The Office suite currently includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access, with documents stored on Microsoft’s OneDrive service and communication provided by Skype.

Microsoft has already rebranded its Office Web Apps into Office Online, and an accompanying revamp could be appreciated change. Personally, I’d love to see some sort of deduplication tool added either to SkyDrive or Windows at large—not so much to sort out files that I currently create and store, but to sort through the digital dust and debris from documents and files of a few years ago and eliminate duplicates.

We’ve asked Microsoft for comment, and will update this story if we hear back.

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