There are some that believe that the classic Microsoft experience is still not complete on touch. Sure, the company has released a couple of flavors of its Office productivity suite.

But they are not overly optimized for touch based usage.

Work, however, still continues at Redmond on the true touch optimized version of Office, which some are calling by the codename Gemini. BUILD 2014 has brought us our first look at this Office Touch for Windows 8, as Microsoft afforded us a quick look at the PowerPoint app.

Yes, working fair and square in the Modern UI, people — the real deal. Take a look:

It is easy to see how this version of Office is a fair bit more advanced (both in feature set and user interface) than the version that recently launched for the Apple iPad.

In fact, Microsoft calls this as something that provides that “unmistakable Office experience”, and it is easy to see why. Most of the traditional Office elements have made the cut, including the Ribbon at the top of the display, which is a staple of the recent desktop versions of Office.

The company claims that no learning curve is necessary.

And we can believe that, because the UI is quite similar to what we get on desktop PCs and laptops — it is Office through and through. Though different versions might get different looks, depending on the platform, like Android and iOS.

Interestingly, all changes are saved in the cloud, says Microsoft, which means that users can always undo their last operation. This is one feature that might come in real handy for collaboration. Collaboration on the go, at that.

No clear pointers on the release date, though Microsoft makes it clear that Office Touch for Windows 8 will launch later this year. The world is waiting.

Excited about what you are seeing? Comments, please.

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  1. The icons on the ribbon looks so small. Hope my fat fingers could touch them accurately.

  2. Save the better features for Windows tablets. It makes sense and it’s hard to blame them. They shouldn’t give their competition as good of a product as their own competing product.

  3. Graphics look awesome to me. It’s pretty obvious that they’ve been saving the big touch stuff for their tablet. Hard to blame them.

  4. From the looks of it, this looks like it’s up to par with PC version. I’m extremely impressed! Nice work on this, Microsoft.

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