Gallery: Microsoft's Office apps for iPad

Microsoft has announced it’s Office for iPad suite of applications and we have put together a gallery of the new apps. While they are free if you only want to view and present content, if you already pay for an Office 365 subscriptions, these apps come free with that service.

The new apps offer the best-in-class Office experience, as they are native applications written for iOS. Make no mistake; Microsoft clearly stated they did not port other applications to build these apps.

The Office applications can be downloaded with the links below:

Word | Excel | PowerPoint

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Wow, those are some of the best designed apps if I've ever seen one. I was wondering how are they gonna pull it off on such a small form factor, if the radial menu from OneNote on Windows 8, which was another very intuitive and functional concept, was gonna make a return. But boy, they've really outdone themselves. Looking forward to the metro versions now!

Looks great but as expected, a few gotchas:
- In Word you can't insert new equations. You can definitely see them but don't try editing them. Weird things will happen if you attempt to enter in new data (for example: enter \forall a \in \doubleR)
- Can't export documents to PDF (keeping Pages around just for that)
- Can't edit inline charts in PowerPoint and probably Word
- Similarly, can't modify references in Word

I get that the point of the mobile apps is to be a on-the-go companion and not a complete Office replacement. Still, it wouldn't hurt for Microsoft to do the above. Hell, even the Win8 OneNote app lets you insert equations just fine if you hit ALT+= (while on their iOS apps, equations refuse to show up period - you just see [Equation]).

All that said, at least I have something easy to use to make quick edits to my document directly to OneDrive. Previously I would have to open the document from the OneDrive app in Pages, then export it back to OneDrive.

Love the new Office for everyone mantra. Windows still has the best experience, but having a good experience on other platforms strengthens the Office brand, which is why they have a billion+ users. Great job :D

Excellent. Loving the UI (from the screenshots).

I still don't know why people complain. Microsoft does Office for mac too. It's normal that they want to expand their office range knowing how Google and other companies are eating a portion of the pie.

BigBoy said,
You do realize that such a thing does not exist right?
Don't bother replying, "it" as in the op, is confused by many things.

neonspark said,
what is that smoke? oh it's office RT burning.

Office for iPad will never be as powerful and feature-packed as Office RT is today.

Agreed. Office for Windows RT is virtually the full Office products (albeit with restrictions like Add-ins etc.) for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. These products are absolutely not equivalent. I think it is far more appropriate to liken Office for Windows RT to Office for Mac.

Now, when Office "Modern" gets introduced then we will have a more direct comparison between it and Office for iPad.

I agree. I think this is getting overlooked far too easily. This is a big, big caveat. I genuinely cannot think of too many customers of ours that are on Office 365 but lots and lots and lots who are still on SharePoint on-premises. They are just not going to understand this restriction.

spc1972 said,
I agree. I think this is getting overlooked far too easily. This is a big, big caveat. I genuinely cannot think of too many customers of ours that are on Office 365 but lots and lots and lots who are still on SharePoint on-premises. They are just not going to understand this restriction.

Even the personal subscription to Office is rather cheap, much better than buying Office and it allows for use on multiple devices.

If they 'need' Office on their iPad, they can afford $8 a month.

Mobius Enigma said,

Even the personal subscription to Office is rather cheap, much better than buying Office and it allows for use on multiple devices.

If they 'need' Office on their iPad, they can afford $8 a month.


exactly. buying office 365 subscription is for your PC, and other devices too. 5 devices and 5 PC including mac. its a good deal.

Edited by trojan_market, Mar 27 2014, 11:30pm :

trojan_market said,
Definitely the right move for Microsoft. very nice looking. great on my ipad.

well enjoy it while MSFT remains in business. given their trajectory, not too long.

neonspark said,

well enjoy it while MSFT remains in business. given their trajectory, not too long.

You mean the record stock, record revenue and record profits... ?

neonspark said,

well enjoy it while MSFT remains in business. given their trajectory, not too long.

i don't think you know anything about business. with the exception of Apple, microsoft has both the biggest revenue and profit of all tech companies in the world and improving year by year.

neonspark said,

well enjoy it while MSFT remains in business. given their trajectory, not too long.

With only 2 billion users, buying multiple products, they are going downhill fast.

Also keep in mind, even if they quit today, it would take about 20 years to burn through their money.

nickcruz said,
You mean IOS7 that ripped off Windows Phone Modern UI? Yes, I agree!

Oh please, they have style influence, but it's a far shot from calling it a rip off.

There are dozens of reasons one might hate Apple, but this has to be one of the worst.

spc1972 said,
So I wonder the extent to which the Office Modern UI for Windows 8 will be similar to this design?

It has the modern look so I imagine it will look rather similar.

Although a lot of onscreen icons will probably be moved to the appbar in the Windows 8 version. Which is nice for mall touchscreens. But I'm still waiting for MS to make Windows 8 in such a way that the UI adapts to the input. So the moment you move a mouse the apbar should become an onscreen UI element, removing the need for unnecessary clicks and swipes with the mouse.

Ronnet said,

It has the modern look so I imagine it will look rather similar.

Although a lot of onscreen icons will probably be moved to the appbar in the Windows 8 version. Which is nice for mall touchscreens. But I'm still waiting for MS to make Windows 8 in such a way that the UI adapts to the input. So the moment you move a mouse the apbar should become an onscreen UI element, removing the need for unnecessary clicks and swipes with the mouse.

I think the ribbon will be the same but the metro version could have it off screen like you said, then a simple swipe up or down will show it. Otherwise they'll probably use the radial dial to give you quick access to the basic editing/formatting you use the most when you press and hold.