Microsoft adds 3D Touch, illustrated annotations to Office for iOS

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in iPhone edited January 2016
Microsoft on Thursday updated the core Office for iOS apps -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as several other features, such as illustrated annotations.




Currently 3D Touch commands are limited to quick actions from the iOS homescreen, making it easier to create a new document or open an existing one. The extended annotation support adds a Draw tab to each of the apps, and lets iPad owners sketch out any kind of annotation they'd like using a finger or a stylus, including the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro.

Two universal upgrades include cloud fonts and deeper integration with Spotlight. Fonts can now be downloaded on-demand, and when running a Spotlight search, results should include recently-opened Office files.

The only app-specific update is in PowerPoint, which can now employ a Morph transition to move several objects simultaneously.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint are free downloads and run on any device with iOS 8 or later.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,621member
    Just curious. Does anybody really do this kind of work on their phone??? I can see opening and reading a doc, but editing and commenting in the doc itself? Maybe it's just me.
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    mike1 said:
    Just curious. Does anybody really do this kind of work on their phone??? I can see opening and reading a doc, but editing and commenting in the doc itself? Maybe it's just me.
    My current writing style is to do the composition on the Mac (or iPad Air depending on the situation) and then just a visual review on either the iPad or the iPhone. 

    In the future I'll probably move composition to an iPad entirely and then make some edits on the iPhone if I spot them - I just haven't fully committed to using OneDrive to exclusively host the master copy yet. 
  • Reply 3 of 4
    I'm hoping to use the drawfunction in Word on the iPad Pro. Anyone found where it is yet? I can't see it yet. I mean with my Apple NumNuts said:
       

    pencil.
    edited January 2016
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    NumNuts said:
    I'm hoping to use the drawfunction in Word on the iPad Pro. Anyone found where it is yet? I can't see it yet. I mean with my Apple NumNuts said:
       

    pencil.
    The draw tab on the Ribbon. I think for the Pencil you'll want to toggle the 'digital' switch off   
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