New Microsoft Office Updates for iOS

THIS JUST IN: Good news for iPhone and iPad users, Microsoft is working to deliver new updates for Office on iOS.

As part of their September updates, Office for iOS will get support for Edmodo and Tencent, which means iPhones and iPads will now be allowed to store and access documents through Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Word is getting Smart Lookup which will allow users the ability to look up a word instantly. By simply pressing and holding on a word or phrase, users can search image information, word definitions, and more without leaving the document.

PowerPoint is also getting an update in the iOS platform. IPhone users can now use their smartphones as laser pointers by simply pressing and holding in the notes section while in presenter mode.

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The Mac platform of the office suite will be updated as well. PowerPoint Designer will be getting a bit of a face-lift and will have improved color guides as well as new audio and video trim options.  Additionally, Office 365 subscribers will get access to a new “focus mode,” which is designed to “remove distractions and improve concentration at work.” There isn’t a concrete release date for this update, but it should go live early September.

For additional information on Microsoft updates for iOS, visit their website.

Outlook arrives for iOS and Android

Microsoft announced on January 29 the availability of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. The apps are live in the iOS App store and Google Play stores and provide a high quality email experience along with traditional Outlook features.

These apps, along with Android Office apps being finalized, are all about Microsoft making sure it has its products where customers are consuming content. With the company no longer saying that Windows will be first, as noted by the fact that both iOS and Android now have touch versions of Office available while the Windows version is still in development, it lets consumers choose the device that works best for them and still allows them access to Microsoft software.

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Office for iPad

Free iPad versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now available on the Apple App Store. The apps offer the core capabilities of each application, with usability and display tailored to tablets. The free versions of the apps allow users read-only capability. Office 365 subscribers have full editing and creation permissions.

Office 365 subscribers can integrate these apps with their OneDrive to expand availability of their files. Formatting and functionality are insured to be preserved in files created on different platforms.

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Details from Corinne Hoisington:

“Office 365 rolled out for the iPad and iPhone for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in the Apple Store. The apps are free, but require an Office 365 subscription for full usage. If you do not have an account, you can view your documents, but you need an account to edit your documents. This product is lightweight and not a full Office install.

  • Microsoft does a very nice job of exploiting the multi-touch environment of the iPad.
  • One feature that’s unique to the iPad version is a laser pointer in PowerPoint that appears when you tap and hold down the display in presentation mode.
  • You get access to images, charts and tables, footnotes and more in Word.
  • In Excel, there’s a full complement of financial, logical, date and time and other formulas.
  • A personal version for one computer and one tablet of Office 365 is due this spring for $69.99 a year.

So is this a game changer? Not to the college teaching environment, but for the personal use of tablets at home — maybe.”

OneNote Free on Multiple Platforms

Microsoft recently expanded availability of OneNote by releasing a custom free version for Mac, making it possible for users to collaborate across multiple platforms: Windows, Mac, Windows Phone and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Android, and Web browsers. This allows Office 365 subscribers more options to share their files and collaborate with people using other platforms.

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In addition, Microsoft recently released Office Lens, an app that integrates with OneNote to allow phones and tablets to act as pocket scanners to capture image and text data.

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