The applications are designed for users of Window phones and other mobile devices based on the platform.

Last Friday, a long awaited announcement about Microsoft Office was finally made, to unveil the suite of apps that would be available in a format that was touchscreen friendly, to make it possible for the users of mobile devices to actually use the applications with greater ease.

The suite is meant for users of Windows phone and includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The touchscreen compatible Microsoft Office apps version will not only make it possible for users of Windows Phone based devices to work on documents within those programs, but it is also meant to make it possible for those docs to transfer from one type of device to another with greater ease. The company has called them its Office Universal apps and the test versions have already become available. That said, it has also announced that the full versions of these mobile apps will become available before the end of April.

This new touchscreen version of Microsoft Office apps is an announcement that many users have awaited for months.

Microsoft  Office AppsPretty much everyone knew that these mobile apps were on their way, but the main question was when they would actually become available for users of Windows phone and tablet devices. There have already been similar Office apps launched that are touchscreen friendly and that have been released by Microsoft for users of tablets running on Android from Google, and on Apple’s iPhones and iPads. This was quite the step away from the traditions of the company and the mobile technology industry, for that matter.

The idea behind that strategy was that those rival platforms are the most popular at the moment and are currently dominating the mobile computing industry. Therefore, they were catering to a market that was much larger and more lucrative for its Office products than its own platform of Windows for smartphones and tablets.

The basic functions of the Microsoft Office apps will be available to everyone for free, but users will need to subscribe to Office 365 (a paid Cloud based service) in order to obtain advanced editing features.