Office App – You no longer need to have separate Excel, Word and PowerPoint apps on your iPad anymore.
Microsoft Office merged Excel, Word and PowerPoint into a single iOS and Android app back in 2019, but iPad owners did not have an optimized version.
Microsoft released its all-in-one iPad Office app, allowing users to access the company’s productivity software suite on Apple’s tablet (iPad). Microsoft has previously launched a unified iOS and Android Office app at the beginning of last year.
The Unified Office app combines the most popular Microsoft 365 applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) into a single app. It gives students and business customers better access to Microsoft’s productivity tools. Experience includes the ability to create PDFs quickly, sign documents, and perform other tasks.
Microsoft has previously explained that the Office app was designed to provide users with a “simple, integrated experience that puts the tools you need to work on a mobile device at the forefront of your experience.”
“We started by combining existing Excel, Word, and PowerPoint mobile apps into a single app,” Microsoft said when it launched an iPhone unified Office app. “Doing so consolidates all of your Office documents in one location, reduces the need to switch between multiple apps, and significantly reduces the amount of storage on your phone when compared to having multiple apps installed.”
Making an iPad-friendly unified Office app was a long time coming. With Apple’s tablet evolving into a more sensible alternative, having access to experience will make it even more powerful. And with enhanced mouse and trackpad support, you get an experience that’s really close to a traditional desktop experience.
Here’s a full description of the Office iPad app from Microsoft:
Uniquely mobile ways that make document creation easier:
- Take a picture of a document and instantly convert it to an editable Word file with the press of a button.
- Convert a table image into an Excel spreadsheet so you can work with the data.
- Create a PowerPoint presentation by simply dragging and dropping images from your device.
- Using Microsoft Lens features, automatically enhance digital images of whiteboards and documents.
With built-in Actions, you can convert your physical world into a digital one:
- Create PDFs from photos, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in seconds.
- Transfer files between your phone and computer with ease.
- Use your finger or the Apple Pencil to sign PDFs.
- Use Sticky Notes to quickly jot down ideas and notes.
- Scan QR codes to access websites.
Insert date, shape, image, and notes in PDF: With new capabilities, you can now easily insert date, shape, image, and notes in PDFs. You will need a Microsoft 365 subscription to access the Office apps on your iPad. If you are not a subscriber, you can sign up for a monthly plan from microsoft365.com/setup or www.office.com/setup at $6.99 (Microsoft 365 Personal) for an individual or $9.99 (Microsoft 365 Family) per month for a family subscription for up to 6 people.
Author: Jace Mrazz is a Microsoft Office expert with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.