During a Microsoft Research presentation the software giant showed off, what it looks like, the new version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Lync, and Office tools for Windows 8.1 optimized touch-enabled devices.
Not only this new version of Office is more touch friendly, but the images reveal that digital ink has a deep integration with the suite and operating system as users can use a stylus within apps and Windows environment, including the Start screen.
In fact, according to a new report from Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is getting product teams to collaborate together to get digital handwriting just-right across all devices, that being on Surface, Surface mini, and other tablets, and apps. Furthermore, the company has a team called “Cross-Group Inking” dedicated to make digital ink better on Windows, Office, and Perceptive Pixel devices.
Further integration of the inking technology is expected to arrive in Windows 9, and as Windows and Windows Phone operating systems become more align, we can also expect digital ink to expand to headsets, which will enable phone makers to create new type of phones that can complete with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note. (However, it’ll take time before we see the first Windows Phone with handwriting capability.)
If you want to see Office touch for Windows in action, head over to this Microsoft Research page (use the source link below) and start watching the video at min 21:00.