Microsoft Office Team Building An App For Windows 8 Devices Codenamed ‘Office Reader’

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At their annual company meeting, Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer demonstrated an upcoming Windows 8 app from the Office team codenamed ‘Office Reader’.
Office Reader is supposed to be a cross format tool for consuming different types of content. He also demoed no.of updates coming to Office in the upcoming “Gemini” wave.

Recently, Microsoft described the below in their re-org memo.

“We will ensure that the tools handle multimedia (photos, videos, text, charts and slides) in an integrated way and natively online. These documents/websites will be easily sharable and easily included in meetings. They will offer complex options such as imbedded logic and yet be easy to author, search and view. These documents will be readable from a browser, but the experience will be infinitely better if read, annotated or presented with our tools.”

I guess the Office Reader exactly does the same. Office Reader app will support web pages, Office documents, PDFs, ebooks, and textbooks.Tom Warren reported the following on the tool shown yesterday,

Koenigsbauer demonstrated PDF support and the ability to reflow text to navigate through PDFs easily on a touchscreen. During a textbook demo, the ability to look at tables and interact with various parts of the content was also shown.  Perhaps the most interesting part is Microsoft’s work with stylus support for Office Reader. Koenigsbauer showed a number of tools activated via a Surface Pro pen that allow users to circle, underline, highlight, and make notes on any document. The notes are then stored and listed in a side panel in each document.

Office team has partnered with Bing team which allows you to search and receive information in context to your document in a right-hand sidebar. You can incorporate those results in your document as well.

This new app along with other service updates such as real time editing in Office Web Apps are coming in 2014 as part of Gemini wave of updates. Read more from the link below.

Source: The Verge

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