Templates have been a core feature of the Microsoft Office suite for years, giving people an easy way to make better-looking documents and presentations. Now the company has consolidated its templates in one place: Microsoft Create.
Microsoft Create is now available as a preview version. It’s intended as “the ultimate launch pad for creators to do whatever you need to do” and serves as a central site for templates in other Microsoft apps and services. For example, searching for “travel” brings up a newsletter template for Word, an advertisement template for Clipchamp, a photo timeline template for PowerPoint, and other files. Once you find something you like, clicking a button opens the template in the given app.
Microsoft said in a blog post: “With thousands of professionally designed templates plus the power of Microsoft’s collection of content creation apps (including PowerPoint, Word, and Clipchamp for video editing), anyone can create something inspiring. And absolutely no design experience is required.” The service will also integrate with Microsoft Designer for template customization, once Designer becomes more widely available.
The new site is mostly a fancy template repository, but it’s another sign that Microsoft is trying to more closely integrate all of its apps and services. It’s also another push towards design and content creation, especially with templates for Clipchamp’s video editor – Office isn’t just for budget spreadsheets and simple notes.
Source: Office Insider Blog