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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Microsoft updates Office for iOS, opens Office for Android preview


Microsoft Office

Microsoft has updated an updated Office for iOS, which brings versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the iPhone. The company has also opened up signups for users who want to test the preview version of Office for Android tablets.

A couple of days ago, Microsoft announced a new partnership that would bring deeper integration with Dropbox for Office users, and that Office 365 subscribers would get unlimited cloud storage. Now iOS users will be able to take full advantage of these features on both their iPads and their iPhones, as the iPad versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint have now been made universal iOS apps. 

The company has also made it free for those who want to view and edit documents. There will be some premium features for paid users, like chart element customization and track changes, and cloud storage on OneDrive for business or Dropbox for business will require an Office 365 subscription. This is a big change for Microsoft, but necessary given that iWork is free for iOS users, and Google Drive is free for Android and iOS.

Microsoft Word for iPad
Download from iTunes
Word for iPad is part of Microsoft Office and lets you edit and create documents on your iPad. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone.
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Microsoft Excel for iPad
Download from iTunes
Excel for iPad is part of Microsoft Office and lets you edit and create spreadsheets on your iPad. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone.
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Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad
Download from iTunes
PowerPoint for iPad is part of Microsoft Office and lets you edit and create documents on your iPad. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone.

Speaking of Android, the company is still hard at work preparing Office for Android tablets, and they are now ready to invite users to come and test Office for Android. The Android tablet version appears to be exactly the same as the iPad version in terms of features, and looks almost identical as well. Signups are starting now, and Microsoft will start pushing out the preview in December. The goal is to make sure it works well on the various hardware options in the Android ecosystem.




source - Microsoft (Office for Android)

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