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Microsoft Office 15 To Offer 'Touch Mode'

New reports suggest that Microsoft is going to treat users of its Office client apps (Office 15 client) with a new "touch mode" button which will make the operational aspects of the apps in touch-centric devices far more easier than they are today.

It's been a while now since the users of the Office client apps were demanding that the company introduce more touch-friendly, tablet and smartphone centric versions.

Meanwhile, Microsoft had already made it clear that four of the Office 15 apps that will come integrated with the Windows 8 on ARM tablets, will be more Desktop based, however, many critics have expressed their doubts over the company's ability to make the system's Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps work more efficiently with touch-centric devices.

Despite such criticism, the recently leaked Office 15 suite images pretty much clear up all those doubts as the apps appear to have a "touch mode" which helps users to switch between regular and touch-centric modes.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley revealed that "currently this button doesn't really function," adding that "however, Microsoft's intention is to enable the Office UI to switch to something more touch-friendly when Office 15 apps are used."

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