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Is this Microsoft’s ‘touch-first’ productivity suite?

Microsoft Touch-First Office Suite

Microsoft Research has accidentally published an extensive document that offers the first images of the company’s touch-first Office productivity suite. The document has since been pulled, but not before screenshots of the touch-first versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook were captured.

From the looks of it, Microsoft’s modern Office approach will offer users a much simpler environment, better suited for touch-based devices including tablets and smartphones. In addition to a minimal user interface, the images also show support for hand-written annotations, with the document apparently describing “how Microsoft believes ink-based computing should work,” according to The Next Web.

Microsoft’s touch-first Office suite is believed to be known internally as project “Gemini,” which was recently seen in a leak mentioning other upcoming Microsoft products, including Windows 9 and Windows 365.

Microsoft has recently released Office for iPad, a touch-friendly Office version made specifically for Apple’s tablet users that became an instant hit. A similar Office version for Windows 8 devices has been teased as the early April Build event.

Later this week, the company will unveil new Surface devices including a mini version, but also a next-gen Surface Pro 3 model.

Images showing the Microsoft Office suite built for touchscreen devices, taken from the leaked document, follow below.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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