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Bloatware you will love: Free Office preinstalled on Windows 10 phones and small tablets

Published Jan 23rd, 2015 7:45AM EST
Office for Windows 10 for Phones and Tablets
Image: Microsoft Corporation

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Microsoft on Thursday confirmed various details about its upcoming Office plans, revealing that Office 2016 will be released at some point in the second half of the year, and that Windows 10 mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets will get a special Office for Windows 10 version that’ll be similar to what’s currently available on iPad and Android tablets. Furthermore, Microsoft said that Office for Windows 10 will be preloaded for free on Windows Phones and Windows 10 tablets with screens smaller than eight inches.

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Additionally, Office for Windows 10 apps will be available in the Windows Store for Windows devices with larger touchscreen displays.

As ZDNet points out, it’s not clear whether these apps will be available as completely free downloads, or whether users will have to purchase an Office 365 subscription to unlock the full features of Office for Windows 10.

The first public preview versions of the touch-first Office apps for Windows will be rolled out at some point in the coming weeks, alongside the upcoming Windows 10 Technical Preview release.

More details about Microsoft’s Office for Windows 10 and Office 2016 plans are available on Microsoft’s official Office blog (see link in the source section). Meanwhile, more Office for Windows 10 images follow below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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