Microsoft revamps suite as single application

Ignite Microsoft has released a public preview of a new Office for mobile devices, combining Excel, Word and PowerPoint into a single application and adding new features for quick actions such as converting images to text or creating and signing PDFs.

This new app for iOS and Android was announced today at the company's Ignite event in Orlando, Florida.

Microsoft is calling the new application by the imaginative name of "Office".

It does not replace the existing mobile apps, at least not initially, but provides the full features of the current products – absolutely nothing is taken away, The Register was told – while taking less space than installing the three separate apps as well as adding new capabilities.

Therefore, there is little reason to prefer the old apps unless you only use one or two of them, or find the additional features a distraction.

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