The Future of Universal Windows Office

By Woody Leonhard

As this article was being written, Microsoft had a long list of features it planned to add to the Universal, touch-first Windows version of Office. By the time you read this, some of these may be a reality. Some may be long discarded. The best way to keep up, of course, is to follow along on AskWoody.com, and ask a question if you’re not quite sure.

Microsoft’s pouring serious amounts of money into building up the Universal Office app and the other mobile apps — for iOS and Android — so they get some of the most important features of the desktop version.

At the very least, you’ll be getting some way to move Office apps from the desktop to mobile. That’s very exciting. It won’t be easy. But it will be well worth the wait. For an example, consider the Office add-in called Microsoft Sway, as shown here.

Many people don't realize it, but the presentation app called Microsoft Sway is, in fact, built on

Many people don’t realize it, but the presentation app called Microsoft Sway is, in fact, built on Office.

Developers have been writing Office add-ins for eons. There’s a certain symmetry in using Office as your foundation, instead of going directly to Windows or using iOS or Android. Office is a very powerful starting point. Expect to see more apps — apps you want — built to plug into Office, in the not very distant future.