So I decided to work on some thoughts. And sometimes the best way to do that is to find a subject and just think on it, write, and go from there. So Today I decided I would see how Word Mobile, the Universal Window Program for Word, worked in it’s full sized version on my Windows 10 Desktop. Since I don’t have anywhere near the cash needed to create a stand alone Continuum Setup, this is the next best thing when it comes to working on a specific program.
I think the first thing to mention is in fact that Word Mobile also works on a Windows 10 Desktop and not just a Windows 10 Mobile device needs mentioning. This is a Universal Windows Program, the basic idea being that from now on any program you create using the Universal Windows Platform you can basically code once and, with a minimum of work, have a program application that can function across all Windows 10 based devices. So this could also work on an Xbox One when the Windows 10 Anniversary update comes out as well.
Now, the thing you have to understand is that this program is designed to be usable on all size screens. It can be used on my Lumia 950, or on a 20+ inch HD monitor with little effort. The reason being that part of the standards for the UWP setup is that a program has to be responsive to the size of the screen it’s on. Microsoft is wanting to do with their programs what many have been doing with their websites for the last several years. Making sure it can provide the best functionality possible based on how big the screen is, without having much more effort being needed by the user.
All functions are there as you would expect from a copy of Word. Spelling and Grammar Check is still where it usually is. And if you’ve used Word 2016, then you will not have that big of a learning curve going to the mobile variant. Even writing this article has not been too difficult, as lets be honest, writing in general doesn’t get that complex until you start using features like comments, suggestions, editing and things of that nature. Now, I don’t usually have reason to let someone add edits and comments in my work these days as I have so few whom have time and ability to do so. That doesn’t mean you can’t track your changes and approve or disapprove them. That function is there.
I think the ONE thing I dislike about it is that when you create a document you have to go to the title bar to change the name from Document.docx to the name of your document in general. But that’s a design feature based around the mobile nature of the program really. Once the document is saved to the default documents folder you have to then go to your file manager/OneDrive to move it to the place you want it in your file system. Once again, a choice probably based on the ideas of the mobile environment it’s also meant to serve.
All in all I think Word Mobile works rather well. I’ve been using it as well on my 950, and while I’m still no where near as good at creating documents in general without a keyboard as I am with, it’s still a good program to try and work on stories if I have a chance or not. You can get a hold of it for free on the Google Play and iTunes stores as well as the Microsoft Store for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile. If you have Office 365 you can tie it into your 1TB OneDrive account and save directly there. Otherwise you will need to get a subscription to create and edit documents as it only allows you to read them if you aren’t on Office 365. Not sure if they’ve removed that requirement yet or not as I pay for it every month myself.