Microsoft Office suite didn’t add any completely new app in the past few years. Speaking to GeekWire, John Case, a Microsoft Office corporate vice president for marketing hinted about the next generation app experiences that is coming soon from the Office team. He highlighted the fact that the OneNote app which was added as a completely new app to Office suite in 2003 is now being used by millions of people.
“We’ll do more things like that, that will be about different form factors and different applications,” he said. “The Office suite has been very consistent. We haven’t had new apps in a long time. We’ll have some new app investments coming. New ways of creating content, new ways of storing and organizing content.”
“As much we love Word, Excel and PowerPoint, there’s another generation of app experiences we want to enable. Some of it will feel like big stuff, and some will feel like small stuff. We want to let you create content in different ways that we think will be more personal for you.”
Last year, there were leaks about a new app that will be part of Office suite codenamed Moorea which combines text, pictures, videos and other elements in single canvas. The app is clearly optimized for tablets, with clear Metro styling and large, finger friendly targets, and the app appeared to be for collecting notes and information in a rearrangable grid. Another cool thing is that the app allows these notes to be exported as a HTML file which can then be viewed in any web browser. Even during the annual company meeting last year, Microsoft demoed the latest version of this app to its employees. I guess, we will hear more about this in the coming months. What do you think?