New Microsoft Office to embrace Windows 8 touch-screen tablets

Demoing the applications in the new Office suite today, Microsoft emphasized the ability to integrate with Windows 8 using taps and other touch-based gestures.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, a corporate vice president for Microsoft Office, shows off Office features for tablet users. James Martin/CNET

A demo of PowerPoint by Kirk Koenigsbauer, a corporate vice president for Microsoft Office, showed how Windows 8 tablet users can employ taps, swipes, and other gestures to create presentations. Users can also draw on their presentations via a stylus.

A demo of the new version of Outlook also revealed how to go through their e-mail messages and quickly go through their in-boxes by tapping on messages. A new Quick Actions tab lets people move, delete, flag, or forward messages as well. Finally, a feature in Outlook called Peek offers an interactive look at People, Calendar, and Tasks.

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