Microsoft has launched an updated version of Microsoft Office for iOS, combining Word, Excel, and PowerPoint together under a single app for the first time.
Rather than splitting its Office products into separate apps, Microsoft has unified the Office experience on iOS, meaning users will only need to download one app to enjoy the full suite of Microsoft’s software.
What’s more, the software comes with a bunch of new features, like a camera option for converting images into documents, and an Actions pane for signing PDFs, scanning QR codes, and other common productivity tasks.
The company shared some of the biggest benefits of the new software on its website:
The Office app delivers several key benefits including:
– Combining Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in a way that simplifies the experience with fewer apps to download or switch between. It requires far less phone storage than installing individual apps while maintaining virtually all the capabilities of the existing mobile apps people already know and use.
– Integrating our Lens technology to unlock the power of the camera with capabilities like converting images into editable Word and Excel documents, scanning PDFs, and capturing whiteboards with automatic digital enhancements to make the content easier to read.
– Adding new functionality for common tasks people often encounter when working on a phone—things like making quick notes, signing PDFs, scanning QR codes, and transferring files between devices.
Users can download the new Microsft Office app on the App Store on iPhones, and on the Google Play Store on Android devices. A dedicated iPadOS version has been promised, too.
What’s great is that the app is free to use, but you’ll need a $6.99 per month Office 365 subscription if you want to unlock some of its premium features.
Alternatively, you can use the standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps, still available on iOS and Android.
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