Office for iPad updated with printing capabilities

Microsoft tweaks the Office for iPad app, adding features its customers requested just 33 days after launch

Microsoft has added printing capabilities to its Office for iPad app alongside a few other features suggested by users.

The Office for iPad app launched in March, and Microsoft invited users of the app to come up with new feature ideas and offer feedback as to how it could be improved.

The Office team wrote on its blog: "Millions of people downloaded Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad and thousands sent us feature requests. Today (only 33 days later) we're releasing the first update which includes printing (your number 1 request), SmartGuides in PowerPoint, and several other improvements."

Microsoft has added functionality to print any Word, Powerpoint or Excel file type using Apple's Airprint feature on the iPad. You can opt to print either the whole document or just a selection in Excel, Word and Powerpoint allows you to print out a whole presentation or a single slide.

Millions of people downloaded Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad and thousands sent us feature requests.

Microsoft has also added SmartGuides in Powerpoint, which help users neaten up presentations by allowing them to align pictures, shapes and textboxes when moved around the slide.

An Excel update means you can change the width of rows or height of multiple columns simultaneously using AutoFit, to ensure all the data in the cells can be seen.

Office for iPad allows anyone to read Word documents, view Excel data, present with PowerPoint, but to edit documents, users will need an Office 365 subscription, costing 7.99 a month.

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Microsoft launched Office too late on the iPad, saying had the company released the productivty suite earlier, they would have had more success.

Cook said in the earnings call: "I believe if it would have been done earlier, it would have been even better for Microsoft frankly. But I do see that Office is still a very key franchise in the enterprise, in particular. And I think having it on iPad is good, and I wholeheartedly welcome Microsoft to the App Store to sell Office. Our customers are clearly responding in a good way that it's available."

Featured Resources

Unlocking collaboration: Making software work better together

How to improve collaboration and agility with the right tech

Download now

Four steps to field service excellence

How to thrive in the experience economy

Download now

Six things a developer should know about Postgres

Why enterprises are choosing PostgreSQL

Download now

The path to CX excellence for B2B services

The four stages to thrive in the experience economy

Download now

Recommended

NSA uncovers new "critical" flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server
servers

NSA uncovers new "critical" flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server

14 Apr 2021
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 official with AMD and Intel CPU options
Laptops

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 official with AMD and Intel CPU options

13 Apr 2021
Microsoft buys AI firm Nuance Communications for $19.7 billion
voice recognition

Microsoft buys AI firm Nuance Communications for $19.7 billion

12 Apr 2021
Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ review: More minus than plus
Hardware

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ review: More minus than plus

9 Apr 2021

Most Popular

University of Hertfordshire's entire IT system offline after cyber attack
cyber attacks

University of Hertfordshire's entire IT system offline after cyber attack

15 Apr 2021
Microsoft is submerging servers in boiling liquid to prevent Teams outages
data centres

Microsoft is submerging servers in boiling liquid to prevent Teams outages

7 Apr 2021
How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

8 Apr 2021