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Microsoft's Office for iPad now ties even more tightly into Apple's ecosystem, as the touch-friendly productivity suite has been updated with support for the wireless AirPrint standard, along with a few other new features and assorted bug fixes for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.




The newly announced update to Office for iPad comes just over a month after the software first launched on Apple's popular touchscreen tablet. AirPrint support is now available for all three applications in the Office suite: Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

In Word for iPad, users can print a document with or without markup. In Excel, print-outs can come from a selected range, a single worksheet, or an entire spreadsheet.

Individual pages or slides can also be selected to print. And the capability utilizes Apple's AirPrint standard, which means any AirPrint-enabled wireless printer is compatible.




In addition, PowerPoint has also been updated with support for SmartGuides, which help users align pictures, shapes and text boxes as they are moved around on a slide. Microsoft promises that presentations can look "beautifully designed" on iPad with "very little effort."

Excel has also been updated with AutoFit, which lets users adjust the width of multiple rows or the height of multiple columns at the same time. And all three applications have also seen various bug fixes and stability improvements.

Users can view Office documents for free on iPad using Microsoft's applications, though editing capabilities require an Office 365 subscription. The company launched a new $69.99-per-year entry-level plan earlier this month, offering access to the service through one Mac or PC, as well as one iPad.

Downloads of Office for iPad hit 12 million units in the suite's first week of availability. The applications go head-to-head with Apple's own Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS.
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Of course, this could not possibly have been in the initial release. That would have been too difficult.

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Of course, this could not possibly have been in the initial release. That would have been too difficult.

My first reaction was ... "What ...? It didn't already?"
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Now the only thing missing is a non-subscription version.

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Very close to a COMPLETE state!

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Of course, this could not possibly have been in the initial release. That would have been too difficult.

Why and how?

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Originally Posted by Chandra69 View Post
Why and how?

 

Sorry; sarcasm.

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post #8 of 29
Now is they would just come up with a subscription level that covers JUST the iPad version of the software, I could actually use these programs.
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Wasn't there a lot of people who said Microsoft office was too late or not needed - why is everyone downloading it? It seems overpriced too.
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Wasn't there a lot of people who said Microsoft office was too late or not needed - why is everyone downloading it? It seems overpriced too.
Habit. The branding of Office on people's minds (in the sense of cattle branding). Curiosity (impulse downloading: it's been hours since I last downloaded an app, let's try this new Office stuff!)
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Wasn't there a lot of people who said Microsoft office was too late or not needed - why is everyone downloading it? It seems overpriced too.

Downloading was FREE... using it costs money.
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And all three applications have also seen various bug fixes and stability improvements.

After being on the market for decades, Microsoft is STILL fixing bugs and trying to stabilize these programs... Just like their OS I suppose.
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Wasn't there a lot of people who said Microsoft office was too late or not needed - why is everyone downloading it? It seems overpriced too.
Overpriced? The single user version is, but the Home Premium for up to 5 users is a bargain.

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Of course, this could not possibly have been in the initial release. That would have been too difficult.

The same could be said about Touch ID on the iPad Air

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Now the only thing missing is a non-subscription version.

Yeah! I signed up for a free trial of the cloud component so i could test/evaluate the MS apps. They were among some of the best things that MS has done on a tablet (better than the Surface equivalent).

But, they were not that much more robust than Apple's free iWork apps -- not nearly enough to pay for a subscription (for my needs).

I cancelled my MS trial.

I believe, had MS done this a year ago, I (and quite a few others) would have purchased the apps for a reasonable price (not a subscription) -- now, from me, they have nothing!
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Originally Posted by Emes View Post
The same could be said about Touch ID on the iPad Air

 

Unlike TouchID, AirPrint was not omitted due to a physical limit to a number of objects manufacturable.

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Yeah! I signed up for a free trial of the cloud component so i could test/evaluate the MS apps. They were among some of the best things that MS has done on a tablet (better than the Surface equivalent).

But, they were not that much more robust than Apple's free iWork apps -- not nearly enough to pay for a subscription (for my needs).

I cancelled my MS trial.

I believe, had MS done this a year ago, I (and quite a few others) would have purchased the apps for a reasonable price (not a subscription) -- now, from me, they have nothing!

Indeed. As much as I hate MS, I can acknowledge the importance of native Office apps for strict file compatibility and would easily spend some 30 bucks on that. But subscription-based? Not a chance.
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post #18 of 29
A feature that should have been there since day 1. *rolls eyes*

iWork for me -- I am done with MS Office, unless forced by an employer!
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Of course, this could not possibly have been in the initial release. That would have been too difficult.

Like MMS? Maybe it wasn't ready.
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I notice that Excel doesn't support print-to-fit. That can be an important consideration for a spreadsheet. Maybe it will come in a future update.

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Of course, this could not possibly have been in the initial release. That would have been too difficult.

 

Maybe it was buggy and they pulled the feature from the RTM build. Given the demand and the fact that it had taken so long already, maybe Microsoft didn't want to wait any longer and decided to release Office for iPad before it was finished. Apple did the same with the iWork applications, making major additions a few weeks after launch.

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Wasn't there a lot of people who said Microsoft office was too late or not needed - why is everyone downloading it? It seems overpriced too.


Depends what type of user you are. If your a home user then you probably don't need an enterprise level solution but depending where you work can probably get office really cheap on a home use program. If your an organisation a 365 subscription is a similar price to what you would have been paying for licenses anyway, but now has the bonus of ipad apps thrown in too.

 

I get why people compare it to other apps and think its expensive, but MS's main target market is enterprise and compared to other enterprise software where you could be paying closer to £1000 per user, Office including multiple apps for around £100 a user isn't that badly priced.

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Wasn't there a lot of people who said Microsoft office was too late or not needed - why is everyone downloading it? It seems overpriced too.

$10/month for five users (that's five PCs/Macs plus five tablets) is actually a great deal. Even if you only bought the cheapest edition of Office, you're looking at $140 per system—and 365 Home comes with Publisher, Outlook, and Access, which only the $400 standalone edition includes. Yes, buying it outright is ultimately cheaper in the long run, but it would take years to recoup the investment (after which the next version will be out).

 

Obviously, it isn't a perfect match for all use cases (for instance, if you only have one PC), but it's by no means overpriced. For most home use, iWork is probably sufficient (and much cheaper), but if you need to interface with your work at all, odds are pretty good Office is your best bet.

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So... Office Apps without Edit, Save and Print is like a mobile OS without Copy&Paste.
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I downloaded all 3 Apps, Word crashed with the first document I opened... I uninstalled them.
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I downloaded all 3 Apps, Word crashed with the first document I opened... I uninstalled them.

And no other app has ever crashed on you?
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And no other app has ever crashed on you?
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Right- Apple never updates it initial releases.

 

As an enterprise user this will now open up my iPad to more than just using it as a hightech View-Master.

 
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Originally Posted by pazuzu View Post

As an enterprise user this will now open up my iPad to more than just using it as a hightech View-Master.

 

Of course, you could have opened it up years ago, but that’s your choice.

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