Microsoft Office Comes to the iPad with New Look and Feel

At long last, Microsoft Corp. has rolled out Office for iPad. But it's not just Office on another device. Although the iPad app offers the look and feel of the traditional Office app, it was built with "touch-first" in mind.

The mobile productivity suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Office for iPad is now part of a family of iOS apps that includes OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Onenote, Lync, and an app for Exchange-based e-mail. The app is also available for Android devices.

John Case, Microsoft Office corporate vice president of marketing, said this isnEUt just Office on another device. The company, rather, thought about what people want to do when theyEUre on their tablet, considered iPad functionality, and approached building the app with a touch-first mindset.

EUWe reimagined Office on the iPad, while retaining what people love about Office,EU Chase said in a blog post announcing the app. EUThe apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad.EU

Free Vs. Paid Options

A free version of the app lets you read Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. Chase promised those docs would look just as good in the iPad as they do on a Mac or PC. Of course, Microsoft would prefer that you buy an Office 365 subscription and, in fact, you canEUt edit or create new documents on the iPad without it.

EUWhen you edit a document, you can be sure that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. And, you always have access to your up-to-date documents in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business,EU Chase said, noting that the Office 365 subscription lets you install the Office for iPad app on up to five...

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