Free iPad versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now available on the Apple App Store. The apps offer the core capabilities of each application, with usability and display tailored to tablets. The free versions of the apps allow users read-only capability. Office 365 subscribers have full editing and creation permissions.
Office 365 subscribers can integrate these apps with their OneDrive to expand availability of their files. Formatting and functionality are insured to be preserved in files created on different platforms.
Details from Corinne Hoisington:
“Office 365 rolled out for the iPad and iPhone for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in the Apple Store. The apps are free, but require an Office 365 subscription for full usage. If you do not have an account, you can view your documents, but you need an account to edit your documents. This product is lightweight and not a full Office install.
- Microsoft does a very nice job of exploiting the multi-touch environment of the iPad.
- One feature that’s unique to the iPad version is a laser pointer in PowerPoint that appears when you tap and hold down the display in presentation mode.
- You get access to images, charts and tables, footnotes and more in Word.
- In Excel, there’s a full complement of financial, logical, date and time and other formulas.
- A personal version for one computer and one tablet of Office 365 is due this spring for $69.99 a year.
So is this a game changer? Not to the college teaching environment, but for the personal use of tablets at home — maybe.”