It seems it’s all about the apps today. Their value for both users and developers is growing and everybody is aware of this. This is why it’s no wonder Microsoft decided to call on for developers to create apps that would be incorporated in Office products. This decision is intended to have multiple benefits: end-users benefit from using the apps that would facilitate their everyday lives and developers get the platform and the opportunity to create and sell their apps.
Office 15 and Mobiles
Microsoft already changed the interface of Office as we knew it to be more in line with the new Windows 8. Office 15 will be largely improved so it would suit the 21st century requirements. This primarily refers to the fact that the whole business environment and concept of collaboration change. Mobile devices and touch screens are used more often both in personal and professional setting. In new Microsoft Office 15 a user will be able to switch to a touch version which would be practical for the increasing number of tablet users. If the business setting changes Microsoft wants to keep in track with the trends and provide appropriate tools for a modern employee.
As for the apps, they are supposed to further enhance the features of Office 15. One of the examples is the heat map that’ll be integrated in Excel. The app would enable you to create the map on the basis of data you entered Excel document. The issue related to the whole concept of apps at the moment is what happens when the particular document is shared. If an end-recipient doesn’t have the heat map app installed would he or she still be able to see it? Or would they have to buy it and download the app.
Cloud computing apps are very practical for both the users and developers. Users get a great experience, while developers are able to work on hosted platforms with minimal IT investments. In this case Microsoft provides infrastructure for developers and it is speculated that the revenue will be split 80% for the developers and 20% for Microsoft.
It is good that Microsoft focuses on collaboration as much. Businesses increasingly get international or remote and modern employees are dependent upon tools that enable them collaborate easily with their geographically distant co-workers. File sharing and remote access options improve with all the cloud-based apps. In the era of mobiles it gets pretty important to have a practical app that you can access anytime anywhere. Microsoft’s cloud storage service SkyDrive is excellently integrated Microsoft 15 and Windows 8 which promises great experience.
Thanks to the cloud it is possible to develop and use different kinds of apps. All these little features actually turn out to be very useful when you start working with them and this is why the improvements Microsoft introduces drag so much attention.