Microsoft Office For iPad and iPhone
In November 2014, Microsoft has refreshed Office apps for iPad and iPhone making more features of the core Office functionality free for users in its new versions. Microsoft has released updated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps, which are now available in the Apple App Store. Word for iPhone (Excel for iPhone and PowerPoint for iPhone are available separately).
Before the release of the new versions, Office for iPad users could work with documents using PowerPoint. For these operations they were nor required to use Office 365 subscription. They could open, copy and paste documents or share them via attachments. However, to create new documents, edit and format their texts, as well as to save to OneDrive or SharePoint, users had to pay for an Office 365 subscription.
From now, Microsoft has made more of the core Office functionality free. Individual users are able to create and do more advanced editing of Office content without an Office 365 Home or Personal subscription.
Business users will still need an Office 365 to use Excel pivot tables, PowerPoint presenter mode and to customize around design and color. Besides, anyone who wants the unlimited OneDrive storage will still have to subscribe to Office 365 to get the storage.
For those users who subscribed because they only wanted to do core editing and didn’t want advanced editing and document creation, Microsoft now offers a pro-rated Office 365 refund. The new Office for iPad and Office for iPhone apps are available beginning in about 30 languages in 140 countries. The apps require an iPad or iPhone running iOS 7.0 or later.
Microsoft has also dismantled the Office Mobile hub experience and replaced it with new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhone which have functional parity with the iPad versions, though the user interface is different.
On the iPhone, Microsoft has added a couple of new views meant to make navigating and editing Office documents easier. There’s a “Reflow” view for Word that eliminates the need for panning and scanning, and enlarges documents to fit on the phone screen. There’s a similar “Full Screen” view in Excel for iPhone (but these views won’t be part of the iPad Office apps).
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