Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing and understanding the devices that will run Office Mobile, part of Learning Office Mobile for Windows 10.
- In this movie, I want to quickly take a look at where you go to install the Office Mobile apps and also make sure you understand which devices will run these apps. I'll talk more about these in detail in a minute but the short version is that these Office Mobile apps will only run on Windows 10 tablets. So here on my Windows 10 tablet, I'm going to go to the Store and I'm going to tap on the Search bar on the top left and I'm going to type in Word and you'll see one of the first results is Word Mobile.
You can do a similar search for Excel Mobile or PowerPoint Mobile, but this is where you're going to go to find and install these apps. Now I've already installed it, so instead of seeing a button to install, I just see an Open button. Now I'm going to quit the Store and you'll see that I already have these apps installed and I've already pinned them here to the Start screen so I can launch them directly from here. So these are the apps that we'll be talking about here in this course, but I have seen some confusion among users about which devices these apps will run on and what these apps are capable of.
You see, Windows 10 is a single operating system which runs on several types of devices, from full-size desktop computers all the way down to tablets and phones, one operating system for all of these types of devices, and this is great for operating system consistency but when we talk about mobile apps, it's important to understand that some of these mobile apps do not run the same on all Windows devices. First, the apps that we're talking about here in this course: Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile will only run on Windows 10.
These mobile apps are not designed for Windows 8. If you go to the Microsoft Store on Windows 8, you will not find these apps available. Second, these Office Mobile apps are designed specifically for Windows tablets and Microsoft defines a tablet as a device with a 10.1-inch screen or smaller. Now we know that the Windows 10 operating system is the same regardless of your device, so on a full-size computer, you could go to the Microsoft Store and download the Office Mobile apps, and they will run but with some very significant limitations.
You're not going to be able to do anything with them unless you log in with a paid Office 365 account. Now we're going to talk more about the different types of accounts in the next chapter, but this is how Microsoft ensures that users on a full-size computer will use the full desktop versions of the Office applications and pay for them accordingly. So the free features in the mobile apps will only work on actual tablet devices. So if you're planning to use the Office Mobile apps as a free alternative to the full version of Office on your desktop computer, that's not really going to work for you and that goes for the Microsoft Surface as well.
The Surface is a two-in-one computer, so it works really well with the tablet mode interface in Windows 10, but it is not classified as a tablet because it has a screen larger than 10.1 inches. So don't expect these apps to work on anything with a screen larger than 10.1 inches including the Microsoft Surface. Finally, at the time of this recording, these apps do not run on Windows Phone devices either. This may change as Windows 10 rolls out to phones. There is, however, a single Office app that comes preloaded on most Windows Phones.
That's a completely different app and this course is not going to help you with that. So, assuming you are using a Windows 10 based tablet, you should be able to get the Office Mobile apps installed and we can dive in to the rest of this course.
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 03/21/2016. What changed?
A: We added four tutorials covering the Office update cycle and the new Office mobile capabilities: annotating documents, inserting photos directly from the camera, and pinning documents to the Start menu.