Microsoft today announced a new Office app for Windows 10. It will replace the My Office app that currently ships with the system.
“Starting today, we’re bringing the new Office.com experience to Windows 10 in the form of an app, simply called Office,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro announced. “It’s now available to Windows Insiders (Fast) and will roll out to all Windows 10 users soon. The app is free and it can be used with any Office 365 subscription, the latest perpetual versions of Office, or Office Online, the free web-based version of Office for consumers.”
The Office app provides the following benefits:
Quickly switch between apps. The Office app provides shortcuts to all of your Office applications so you can access them from a single place.
Get back into your work. The Office app also provides shortcuts to our most recently used documents, pinned documents, and documents shared with you.
Find what you need. Thanks to integrated Microsoft Search, you can find the apps, documents, people, and sites you need quickly and easily.
Tailor it to your organization. Organizations can brand the Office app and add shortcuts to their own line of business (LOB) applications for a more personalized experience.
The Office app is certainly nicer-looking and more useful than the old My Office app. But I can’t imagine that many users will actually use this thing regularly, and for the same reasons. It’s just not necessary, thanks to OneDrive integration with Windows 10 and the Most Recently Used (MRU) document functionality in all Office applications.