Microsoft’s New Unified Office App for iOS Hits the App Store
Microsoft has just rolled out its all-new Office app for iOS and Android that combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single application. While the new app has been in beta testing since November, the company has now released it in the App Store and Google Play for everyone to download (via The Verge).
The new unified Office app lets users switch between documents quickly, scan PDFs, and even capture whiteboards, text, and tables into digital versions. Support for third-party cloud storage like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud has been added as well.
At the same time, Microsoft is planning to add some mobile-focused features to the app as well, such as Word dictation, that will let you use Word within this Office app to dictate your voice into text.
Microsoft is planning to make Excel easier to use on mobile with a new cards view. You’ll be able to view and edit data from Excel rows in a card view that makes it a lot easier to see on a vertical phone screen.
The final new feature that Microsoft is planning for the future converts a simple outline into a PowerPoint presentation. The new feature lets you write a presentation in bullet points or a brief outline, and PowerPoint’s Designer feature will transform it into presentation slides complete with a style and formatting.
Microsoft plans to add the new Word, Excel, and Powerpoint features to the app in the coming months.