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Office for iPad's first major update adds PDF export, gesture support

Microsoft beefs up Word, Powerpoint and Excel for the iPad
Fri Aug 01 2014, 12:14
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MICROSOFT HAS RELEASED the first major update for its three Microsoft Office for iPad apps - Word, Powerpoint and Excel - adding features including PDF export and flick gestures.

Microsoft said in a blog post on Thursday, "Four months ago we released Office for iPad - the world's best productivity experience reimagined for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

"Since then millions of you have had the chance to use Office for iPad and provide feedback, and we've been hard at work delivering updates for the things you've asked for the most.

"Today we're sharing the next wave of updates to Office for iPad. We've done a ton of work and we hope you like it."

Each app has been treated to its own selection of new features. Microsoft Word for iPad, for example, now has added functionality for exporting and emailing documents as PDF files. There's a crop tool allowing users to edit images inserted into documents, while support for third-party fonts is also included in the update.

Powerpoint has received perhaps the biggest update of the three. Once the new version is installed, users of the iPad app will be able to add hyperlinks, sounds, music and videos - including those from the iPad's Camera Roll - to a presentation, with Microsoft having also added the ability to erase highlights and drawings in a presentation.

Those using Excel for iPad will be treated to a new feature called Flick-to-Select, which will see a whole row or column selected if the user "flicks" in that direction. There's also added support for external keyboards, Pivot Tables and more paper sizes.

The updated Word, Powerpoint and Excel apps, which have been each been bumped to version 1.1, are now available to download from the iTunes Store.

The last we heard, Microsoft Office for iPad had hit the 27 million downloads milestone, despite the apps' poor rating in App Store. µ


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