With 35 million downloads, Office for iPad gets updated with new features

Microsoft has announced today that they have released a large update to the Office for iPad apps that brings enhancements to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This is the first wave of updates since the apps were released four months ago and is based on feedback from early adopters.

There are quite a few features with this update that span all the apps including the ability to export a file as a PDF, new picture editing tools and support for third party fonts.

PowerPoint has a new presenter view, updated tools to easily include video and sound files, and the ability to play video directly from the iPad while using PowerPoint.

Excel has enhanced the way you interact with data by improving pivot table interactivity, print and scaling options and a new flick gesture that makes it easier to select large chunks of data.

While these may seem like small updates, they are certainly welcome additions to the platform and when you bundle them all together, it makes for a sizeable leap in features for the apps. Further, these updates show Microsoft's commitment for keeping its software updated on every platform, not only Windows.

While we are still waiting for a touch version of Office to show up on Windows based devices, we likely won't have to wait too much longer as these apps are deep into the development phases and some aspects are already included in wider-scale internal testing.

The 35 million download figure is not exactly new; Microsoft said this during the earnings release earlier this month and the figure includes OneNote as well.

The apps are available for download now from Apple's App store on your iOS device.

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I seriously hope they add some more features to Office on WP - particularly PowerPoint. They should add the ability to merge two or more presentations into one and save (or provide option for copying of slides) and also have the trigger animations play correctly.
And I wish they also add some more formatting options and colours in Word as well.

Edited by Swapnil Rustagi, Aug 1 2014, 11:45am :

Swapnil Rustagi said,
I seriously hope they add some more features to Office on WP - particularly PowerPoint. They should add the ability to merge two or more presentations into one and save (or provide option for copying of slides) and also have the trigger animations play correctly.
And I wish they also add some more formatting options and colours in Word as well.

Last I'd heard the touch optimised version of Office for the Modern UI, Office Gemini, will be a universal app so it will be coming to Windows Phone as well.

Great news for Office 365 considering this is only one of many platforms it's on, I would love to see Android's numbers.

As for Window's I believe it's way more involved, meaning I'm sure besides touch they still will be publishing to desktop as well as supporting different resolutions, new features, 32/64 bit version's, additional applications, not breaking partner add-in's & lots of testing. I for one am looking forward to when tgr

Edited by winrez, Aug 1 2014, 8:10am :

Just a glorified document viewer, unless you pay. BTW, you don't have to pay a cent on a Surface or Windows Phone.

xankazo said,
Just a glorified document viewer, unless you pay. BTW, you don't have to pay a cent on a Surface or Windows Phone.
There are alternatives that are free. Ex: Apple's own Pages, Numbers, Keynote.

xankazo said,
Exactly. I prefer Apple's suit, as it's full and free. On Windows 8 and Windows Phone, Office is great.

I wonder why that is, could it have something to do with Pages, Keynote and Numbers being Apple products!!!

xankazo said,
Exactly. I prefer Apple's suit, as it's full and free. On Windows 8 and Windows Phone, Office is great.

It is full and free... But that 1 TB storage is so tempting in itself =).

they are giving ipad's users too many features for free. while surface pro's users have to buy office even though they want to use few features of office which can be done by office on ipad. microsoft should have built a free version of office (word - excel - powerpoint) which is a little more powerful than the ipad's version and pre-installed it on every windows PCs.
People spend a lot of money buying a windows PC and then they have to paid more to use some basic features of office? why don't you get ipad with a keyboard and enjoy office for ipad for free?

I think a lot of the features are locked down in the free versions on iPad, you need an Office 365 subscription to do more then read or present.

Somebody tell me if i'm wrong?

Funny, as the last Microsoft meet I went to, the guys there were talking about how amazing, yet saddening, it was at how well they've put together Office for iPad.

I appreciated their honesty at least, and while some people here will be bitter about it, I at least appreciate the fact that they are a software company first, hardware second. They don't care if you have an iDevice or a Windows device, so long as you have what you need everywhere.

It's just a bit unfortunate that Microsoft's hardware or systems don't always get the same treatment. Can't help but follow the money though, and I can't blame them for that. At least they're not trying to rob their customers like other companies. (see EA, Activision Blizzard...)

Umm...

they are giving ipad's users too many features for free. while surface pro's users have to buy office even though they want to use few features of office which can be done by office on ipad.

You can't really do much for free on the iPad without a O365 subscription. Plus, the touch version of Office for Windows is going to be bigger and better than the iOS/Android versions because they said themselves they want the Windows experience to have the best one. SP3 users will get it free obviously as well when it comes out. Also, unlike the iPad version, the Windows version is going to be a Universal app suite, which means you'll get full blown Office on your Lumia too.

microsoft should have built a free version of office (word - excel - powerpoint) which is a little more powerful than the ipad's version and pre-installed it on every windows PCs.

There is a free version of Word/Excel/PowerPoint... it's called Office Online (http://www.office.com). If you've actually used the latest versions, they are more feature rich than the versions on iPad.

j2006 said,
I use full Office on my Surface just fine with touch.

I am not saying you cant =). I am saying I want a touch office on my DV8P or Android tablet and when they release that I will get Office 365. Until then, I probably wont =). But 1TB of storage is tempting...

Scabrat said,

I am not saying you cant =). I am saying I want a touch office on my DV8P or Android tablet and when they release that I will get Office 365. Until then, I probably wont =). But 1TB of storage is tempting...

Sigh. And it will be missing SO MANY features compared to the desktop version. All they need to do is make the Ribbon controls more scalable, and boom, screw the WinRT version.

Enron said,
I'm pretty sure Office is already on Windows 8.

Which is the reason why Windows RT had to have the desktop, Office Gemini will finally allow RT based devices to shed the desktop entirely.

elenarie said,

Sigh. And it will be missing SO MANY features compared to the desktop version. All they need to do is make the Ribbon controls more scalable, and boom, screw the WinRT version.

Supposedly it wont be. It will be full featured or near it. But I agree with you, why not just make changes to the ribbon and maybe add a touch edit button like in OneNote and roll it out =).

I love how they put more effort into other mobile platforms than their own. Now Windows Phone owners are like ... "Tell me again why I bought a Windows Phone"

warwagon said,
I love how they put more effort into other mobile platforms than their own. Now Windows Phone owners are like ... "Tell me again why I bought a Windows Phone"

Uh, Office Mobile is available for WP and Android, too. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/mobile/

This is about Office itself, not the companion app.

warwagon said,
I love how they put more effort into other mobile platforms than their own. Now Windows Phone owners are like ... "Tell me again why I bought a Windows Phone"

What?

warwagon said,
I love how they put more effort into other mobile platforms than their own. Now Windows Phone owners are like ... "Tell me again why I bought a Windows Phone"
More potential customers on a more lucrative and popular platform.

warwagon said,
I love how they put more effort into other mobile platforms than their own. Now Windows Phone owners are like ... "Tell me again why I bought a Windows Phone"

First of all, what? Did Office on iPad somehow prevent my Office on Windows from working, and I not notice? Last I checked, my Office was still working fine on my Phone and tablet.

Second, I bought a Windows Phone for a multitude of reasons that don't pertain to Office. It's genuinely a nice platform to use that doesn't suffer the plethora of issues that plague Android, and doesn't keep me locked into Apple's Walled Garden and RDF. I also enjoy taking pictures, and Nokia's advancements are second to none.

So, again, your point is, what, exactly?

Edited by Dot Matrix, Jul 31 2014, 8:05pm :

Umm... If you've been paying attention to the news - Office for Windows touch is coming soon, and will be better and more feature-rich than iPhone and Android. Unlike the other 2, they are making a Universal touch version of the full-featured desktop apps. They want the Windows experience to be the best, so deal with it. This iPad update is still FAR behind what's available on Windows tablets (which is the full desktop version).

warwagon said,
I love how they put more effort into other mobile platforms than their own. Now Windows Phone owners are like ... "Tell me again why I bought a Windows Phone"

Office for iPad....what does this have to do with phones?

Dot Matrix said,

First of all, what? Did Office on iPad somehow prevent my Office on Windows from working, and I not notice? Last I checked, my Office was still working fine on my Phone and tablet.

Second, I bought a Windows Phone for a multitude of reasons that don't pertain to Office. It's genuinely a nice platform to use that doesn't suffer the plethora of issues that plague Android, and doesn't keep me locked into Apple's Walled Garden and RDF. I also enjoy taking pictures, and Nokia's advancements are second to none.

So, again, your point is, what, exactly?

Now that's funny. I read that entire post and got to "So, again, your point, is what, exactly?" ... I said... "Wait... did Dot Matrix just write that post.." LOL ...then I looked up and was like Yep!

Eric said,

Uh, Office Mobile is available for WP and Android, too. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/mobile/

This is about Office itself, not the companion app.

Exactly and Office Gemini for Windows 8.1 is also coming to Windows Phone and is expected to have more functionality than the phone and tablet versions on iOS and Android. Not only that but on Windows RT it will include Outlook which the iOS and Android versions don't have.

Also you require an Office 365 subscription on other platforms to do anything more than read documents or present.... err.... presentations.

j2006 said,
Umm... If you've been paying attention to the news - Office for Windows touch is coming soon, and will be better and more feature-rich than iPhone and Android. Unlike the other 2, they are making a Universal touch version of the full-featured desktop apps. They want the Windows experience to be the best, so deal with it. This iPad update is still FAR behind what's available on Windows tablets (which is the full desktop version).

Source please? If it is Paul Thurrot.... is a rumour and not much more. What is a fact is that Office on my HD2 and WM6.5 allows me to use Categories and zoom in my appointments, a technology that was developed by MS BTW, and my Lumia 920 with WP 8.1 still cannot do it.

Windows Phone owners will be getting the full suite touch Office very soon, it will be a universal app for all MS products, and btw Office on WP right now is pretty good.

warwagon said,
I love how they put more effort into other mobile platforms than their own. Now Windows Phone owners are like ... "Tell me again why I bought a Windows Phone"

MS office is still one of Microsoft's cash cow. They are going to lose their market share to alternatives if they don't do that.

I don't get it. I have a full blown Office 2013 suite that works with keyboard, mouse, voice, touch, and stylus. What are you guys even talking about?

techbeck said,

Yes, but I think he meant they updated the features for others before theirs. So they are paying more attention to other platforms first and their own second.

There isn't a touch version of Office yet. So in a sense, yes, they paid more attention to the iPad, but that's just economics. They can't add updated features to something that doesn't exist. :)

Eric said,

There isn't a touch version of Office yet. So in a sense, yes, they paid more attention to the iPad, but that's just economics. They can't add updated features to something that doesn't exist. :)

The desktop version works perfectly fine with touch.

Eric said,

There isn't a touch version of Office yet. So in a sense, yes, they paid more attention to the iPad, but that's just economics. They can't add updated features to something that doesn't exist. :)

I realize this. But people were mistaking the initial comment meaning the Office app itself.

elenarie said,
I don't get it. I have a full blown Office 2013 suite that works with keyboard, mouse, voice, touch, and stylus. What are you guys even talking about?

Office Gemini, the Modern UI version of Office that means that Windows RT devices can finally get rid of that legacy POS called the Desktop which shouldn't have been available on RT based devices anyway.