Mark Hachman at PCWorld:
Call them the “mash and slash” Office apps. A new wave of productivity apps from Microsoft appear to have either one of two goals: mash together two or more Office apps, or strip down an existing Office app to its bare parts.
There’s Revolve, OneClip, Flow, and Office Now. They’re not yet officially released.
Revolve “prepares you for every conversation in every meeting. It works in the background to find and display relevant insights about the people you’re going to meet. Easily sidestep small talk and spark real conversations that matter,” says the private beta release on Windows Phone app store.
OneClip, “appears to be a synced folder between your phone and PC, so content can roam back and forth. It’s not a critical app (after all, there are plenty of ways to move content back and forth, including a wired cable) but it seems to be a nice convenience for Windows PC users,” says Hachman.
Flow is for iOS. Hachman says, “Flow is essentially a stripped-down version of Outlook, with an emphasis on chatting, rather than formal emails back and forth. It reminds me of the way Facebook Messenger used to work, with the lines blurring between real-time messages and emails that were archived in an inbox.”
Office Now is “hopefully a code name, due to its (intentional?) similarities with Google Now.” It “is basically a focused version of Cortana, it appears. Mary Jo Foley reminds us that Office Now appears to be Office Assistant, the special project that Bill Gates was working on at Microsoft and called ‘Personal Agent’ in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session with Reddit.”