Microsoft's Unified Office App for Mobile Now Compatible With iPad

Microsoft's Office app for iOS has been updated today to version 2.46 with support for iPadOS, bringing the unified Office experience of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to Apple's tablet platform.

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Office is now available on iPad: We're combining the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps you know into a single, iPadOS-optimized app. Plus, you’ll see additional tools to keep you more productive than ever. For example, you’ll be able to quickly create and sign PDFs, and transform pictures into documents.

While individual Office apps have been available for the ‌iPad‌ since 2014, the unified Office app launched in February 2020 has until now only been able to run on the ‌iPad‌ as a windowed iPhone app.

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Office for ‌iPad‌ is free to use for iPad Air, ‌iPad‌, and iPad mini users, but requires an Microsoft 365 subscription to make full use of all features. For iPad Pro users, a paid subscription is required to even edit or create documents.

Top Rated Comments

Jeaz Avatar
8 weeks ago

I know these have been available for the iPhone. I'm frankly not sure what is the advantage versus just starting the Word or PowerPoint standalone apps.
For me, who has a device managed iPhone and iPad there’s one nice benefit of having it in one app. One of the rules imposed on the device is that on corporate managed apps (Which includes the office apps) copy-pasting more than 75 chars between apps isn’t allowed. So if you want to copy an excel table to a PowerPoint you can’t. With this it’ll be possible since it’s within the same app.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghanwani Avatar
8 weeks ago
Why the discrimination against IPP?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
carrot_bg Avatar
8 weeks ago
Microsoft once again try to enforce the subscription software model. I own my hardware and I wish to own my software too. If it's one time purchase app - I'll buy it, but I'll never pay for office 365 every year.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
8 weeks ago

Microsoft once again try to enforce the subscription software model. I own my hardware and I wish to own my software too. If it's one time purchase app - I'll buy it, but I'll never pay for office 365 every year.
If you don't want to pay for it, then don't use it. Use many other alternatives, which many are free.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jaro65 Avatar
8 weeks ago
I know these have been available for the iPhone. I'm frankly not sure what is the advantage versus just starting the Word or PowerPoint standalone apps.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeadingHeat Avatar
8 weeks ago
Also sharing the same sentiment as others in this thread. Why does the “pro” iPad need a subscription to edit a word document? Maybe I’m in the minority but editing a word document or sorting a table my boss sent me doesn’t qualify as “pro work”. Definitely doesn’t warrant a subscription. Anyone with facts know what extra features I would get on the iPad Pro version? I hope there are actually other features and it’s not just a blatant money grab.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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