Microsoft Office for the iPad
Microsoft Office is now available and developed specifically for the iPad. Released on March 27, 2014, Microsoft Word for iPad, Microsoft Excel for iPad, Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad, and Microsoft OneNote for iPad provide touch-optimized experiences for users of traditional Microsoft Office applications.
Office for iPad apps are free to all users. However, for you to have edit functionality within any of the apps, you must have an active, qualifying Office 365 subscription. Qualifying plans are listed below.
• Office 365 Home
• Office 365 Small Business Premium
• Office 365 Midsize Business
• Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government)
• Office 365 Education A3 and A4
• Office 365 ProPlus
• Office 365 University
• Office 365 trial subscriptions
Of course, each of the Office apps developed for the iPad possess the same look and feel as their desktop counterparts. Further, Office for iPad apps take full advantage of the ability to save data to OneDrive and to share documents with other collaborators.
One of the limitations in the early releases of Office for iPad apps was the inability to print directly from the app. Various workarounds for this limitation existed, including simply opening a document from the desktop version of the app and printing from there. However, on April 29, 2014, Microsoft released and update to the Office for iPad apps that included support for in-app printing. Therefore, once you download the updated versions of these apps, you will no longer need to engage in workarounds to print documents associated with Office for iPad apps.