Microsoft Office now available for iPad

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Office for iPad was unveiled at a press event today in San Francisco, which served as CEO Satya Nadella’s first major public appearance since taking over the role.

Office for iPad consists of Word, PowerPoint and Excel and are available now in the iTunes App Store (for iPads running iOS 7 or later)  for free. With the free versions of the apps, users can read Word documents, view Excel data and present with PowerPoint. With an Office 365 subscription, users can get the full out Office experience, users have come to know and love, with the ability to edit and create new documents, spreadsheets and PowerPoints with the iPad. When a document is edited, the content and formatting will be maintained across Office for PC, Mac, iPad and Android. And, users can always have access to your up-to-date documents in OneDrive.

A subscription to Office 365 Home, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 University is required to edit files at launch. A subscription to Office 365 Personal will quality when it becomes available later this spring.

The app will be available in 29 languages, which are listed below:

  • Catalan

  • Croatian

  • Czech

  • Danish

  • Dutch

  • English

  • Finnish

  • French

  • German

  • Greek

  • Hungarian

  • Indonesian

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Malay

  • Norwegian

  • Polish

  • Brazilian Portuguese

  • Portuguese

  • Romanian

  • Russian

  • Simplified Chinese

  • Slovak

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

  • Traditional Chinese

  • Turkish

  • Ukrainian

As of today, Office for iPad is available in 135 markets.

Office documents look on the iPad exactly the same way as they do on PC and Mac. In Word, images, tables, SmartArt, footnotes and equations are all there, perfectly formatted. Formulas, charts, sparklines, conditional formatting, and filters in Excel help users make better decisions. PowerPoint presentations pack a punch with transitions, animations and speaker notes, among other features. When presenting, presenters can also use a built-in laser pointer, pens and highlighters to get your point across.

If you use Office on PC or Mac, you’ll feel right at home with the iPad version. The apps feature the infamous Ribbon layout and experience, with the most common commands under Home, and Chart commands automatically show up when you select a chart.

At the same time, all three apps were created from the ground up for iPad. The Ribbon’s large touch areas and in overlay menus make it simple to create, edit and format documents using touch. Resize and rotate objects like pictures with touch-friendly handles. When you hold and move the objects, text flows smoothly around them. You can even use iPad features like voice dictation to draft a Word document or AirPlay to project a presentation wirelessly.

When users edit documents with the Office for iPad apps, you can be sure that content or formatting won’t be lost. Documents will look exactly the way the creator intended on Office for PC, Mac, iOS and Android — regardless of the device used to make edits.

In addition, the apps make it easy to collaborate. Simply share your content with others thanks to OneDrive and then work simultaneously with multiple people on the same document, spreadsheet or presentation. Word documents can track changes, have threaded comments and easily accept or reject edits on the iPad.

Since people want to be able to get things done everywhere, the apps are seamlessly integrated with Microsoft’s cloud services. The apps let users share up-to-date documents in OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint. It’s easy to pick up where a user left off, because the apps know what documents you were working on last, no matter what device you were using. Even if you don’t have an Internet connection for a while, users will still be able to work on the documents you’ve recently used on the iPad offline.

Source: Microsoft Office


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