Microsoft Office for iPad
Microsoft has finally unveiled Office for iPad this week in San Francisco. The suite of productivity software has been many years in the making and eagerly awaited by many power users and corporate types.
Designed to take full advantage of the iPad’s touchscreen and gesture input, it also includes built-in collaboration with rich reviewing and markups for editing. Microsoft has manged to blend the significant level of complexity and capability within Office, with the intuitive and easy-to-use nature of a mobile tablet computer.
The suite is comprised of three apps, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, all beautifully and visually rendered with the full functionality you’d come to expect from the desktop edition of Microsoft Office. It certainly looks like it has been designed to be a fully integrated and native experience within iOS 7.
“You can download the Office apps for free and read, view and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations. To get the full editing and creation experience, you need an Office 365 subscription. Office 365 gives you always-up-to-date versions of Office across your PC, Mac and iPad, and much more.”
“A familiar Office experience designed for iPad. What makes these apps unique is that they strike just the right balance between being unmistakably Office and being designed for the iPad. If you use Office on a PC or Mac, the iPad apps feel very familiar, so you are comfortable and confident using these apps right away. The Ribbon layout and experience is familiar, with the most common commands under Home, and Chart commands automatically show up when you select a chart.”
For many years now, tablet computers have been criticised for mostly being content consumption devices rather than content creation devices, now with Microsoft Office available for the iPad, all that may change. For more information, check out the Microsoft Website here.