Office for iPad review

Updated: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps are now on the iPad. Are they any good?

PowerPoint

This feels like the most feature rich app. It's possible to create presentations, or upload your files and present them directly from the screen.

The ribbon has home, insert, transitions, slide show and review tabs. Under home and insert you're able to create as impressive presentations.

Text can be moved around the screen and images inserted with ease, just touch upon them to do so. Much like the desktop version there's a huge variety of transitions but here each is categorised as either "subtle" or "exciting". Transitions like checkerboard, origami, shred or Ferris Wheel are also available but not really suitable for business use.

A nice touch for iPad users in the presentation mode is the ability to draw over your own slides. Using the pen tool you can scribe all over your creations to highlight areas and make notes without leaving presentation mode.

Another addition is the laser pointer. Place your finger down on the screen and a red laser pointer light will appear to help you highlight objects in the presentation. You need to hold it down to keep the pointer there, which is awkward.

The main problem with PowerPoint is the lack of AirPlay functionality directly in the app. When presenting you want the ability to throw it straight up to a Wi-Fi connected screen or TV. But to do this you have to  go out of your presentation and go to the AirPlay menu. Hopefully it's something Microsoft will make available in-app.

Featured Resources

Consumer choice and the payment experience

A software provider's guide to getting, growing, and keeping customers

Download now

Prevent fraud and phishing attacks with DMARC

How to use domain-based message authentication, reporting, and conformance for email security

Download now

Business in the new economy landscape

How we coped with 2020 and looking ahead to a brighter 2021

Download now

How to increase cyber resilience within your organisation

Cyber resilience for dummies

Download now

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

16 Jun 2021
EU plans to launch bloc-wide cyber task force
cyber attacks

EU plans to launch bloc-wide cyber task force

22 Jun 2021
What is HTTP error 400 and how do you fix it?
Network & Internet

What is HTTP error 400 and how do you fix it?

16 Jun 2021