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The iPad finally has its own unified Microsoft Office app



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If you like using your iPad to work on the go, this is it good news. Microsoft has updated its mobile Office app, and it is finally optimized for the iPad.

The new update means that you can now use Word, Excel and PowerPoint from a single app. Technically, you can use the programs before. IN 2014, Microsoft added three individual apps to the App Store for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. About a year ago, Microsoft rolled out a unified mobile app for iOS and Android. You can use that app on the iPad, but it will run as a windowed version of the iPhone app. Now, in the year our lord 2021, you can finally download a simple, iPad-optimized Office app that combines Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The new iPad app also has some extra tools for mobile work, including a way to quickly create and sign PDF files (with an Apple Pencil, if you choose). Another highlighted feature is the ability to turn images into editable Word or Excel files. The app is free to use, but requires a Microsoft 365 subscription to use the sharing and collaboration features. Meanwhile, iPad Pro users still need to have a paid subscription to even do anything at all. However, if a unified Office app is not really your paper jam, for now, you can still download and use the individual Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps.

This is good news for Apple as well. In recent years, Apple has pushed the iPad as a work unit that could potentially replacing a laptop. This is especially true with iPad Pro, which now has a trackpad and mouse support, and if you splurge on a new $ 300 Magic keyboard. But even with fancy new accessories, the main problem is for most people the gap between iPad OS and macOS apps (and hell, even iOS apps). Many times you stop working with Windows apps windows – like the Office app before today’s update – or when you get to the fuller version of your laptop. Considering how many people trust Microsoft Office, an iPad-optimized version of the software has it for a more compelling workstation. Though, let’s be real, the iPad will always be better at consuming media.


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