officeMuch of the focus on Microsoft Office recently has centered on the company’s plans to bring the core Office suite to the iPad — and yes, that app will see the light of day, although the company isn’t saying exactly when. But the Microsoft Office team has also been working toward a new generation of “app experiences” for a modern generation of devices.

That was the hint dropped by John Case, a Microsoft Office corporate vice president for marketing, as part of a much broader conversation with GeekWire about the vision and strategy for the Office business. He pointed to the OneNote note-taking program as a past example of Microsoft adding an “incredible asset” by creating a new app, which now has millions of users.

“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.”

He continued, “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.”

I pressed for more information, but this was part of a more general discussion, and Case said we’d have to wait to find out the official details starting in the spring.

One interesting area to watch will be how these new “app experiences” will fit into Office 365’s cloud-based subscription model, and how they’ll take advantage of Windows 8 and cloud services such as OneDrive, particularly on touch-screen notebooks and tablets.

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  • WinMetro

    Send Julie Larson Green straight to the kitchen! She’s the devil who took the start menu away!

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  • zsmith86

    Would be great to see a MS take on image editing, something with more teeth than Paint.

  • Timothy

    I’d be happy just with a decent MS Office for Android. The official suite only works if you have a 365 account (boo) but even if you do, the apps are pretty lousy. The third parties are better, but still suck compared to desktop or hell, even Office Mobile back in the Windows Mobile days. My kingdom for a decent word processor and spreadsheet for mobile that concentrates more on productivity instead of fancy animations. At least OneNote for Android is starting to not suck. It’s actually usable finally.

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