we have the Office for iOS that we’ve always wanted. Packed with tools and elegantly optimised for the touch screen, it belongs on the iPads of Office users.

Instead of having Word, PowerPoint, and Excel accessible in one app like it did on the iPhone, Microsoft made them separate apps with far more features in each. With the bigger screen of the iPad, there is simply more room to work with, and Microsoft took advantage with better tools, more templates, and touch-focused controls that are intuitive, familiar, and work great on-the-go.

Before you rush off to download the apps, it’s important to note that you get limited features with the free versions. All three apps let you connect to OneDrive to browse your files and read Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents for free. But to get the full power of the Office apps that let you create and edit documents, you’ll need a subscription with Office 365, Microsoft’s service that lets you work on your documents from anywhere.

  • Word

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When creating a new document, you get 15 common templates to help you get started, with everything from brochures and business correspondence, to invoices and personal letters. You also can start from scratch with a blank document, but it’s nice to have pre-made options for the more common word-processing tasks. One thing you don’t get with the iPad is access to online templates created by other users. It’s not a big problem, but it would be nice if Microsoft let iPad users get access to all the available templates.

Once in a document, you can immediately see how much more robust the iPad version is over Office Mobile for iPhone. Across the top of the iPad screen is a sort of abbreviated Ribbon , with tabs for Home, Insert, Layout, Review, and View. Just like on the desktop, your Home view is where you can choose fonts, change text styles, adjust text alignment, and other common actions as you create your document. The Insert tab lets you add images, tables, shapes, footnotes, and provide links to online sources in your document. Layout lets you set margins, adjust page size, format your document with columns, add headers and footers, and more. Already, the features listed so far are much more than what you get with Office Mobile for iPhone

When you save your work, you can store it on OneDrive or directly onto your iPad for offline use.

  • PowerPoint

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PowerPoint for iPad, you can browse and edit presentations already saved to your OneDrive, start fresh with a blank slate, or pick from 19 available templates.

Once in your presentation, you can double-tap place-holder text to add your own titles, change fonts and styles, and add more information such as bulleted lists. The templates here are all very elegant with options for additional slide variations within each template. In other words, once you start a presentation from a template, there is a lot of room for customization.

Like Word, the Home tab is where you’ll be doing most of your work, but you can insert images and tables, choose from a long list of great-looking transitions for your slides, view a preview of your slide show, review comments from other contributors, or add shapes to your slides. The surprising thing here is that you have almost 50 different transitions to choose from in the iPad app, so your options for presentations are virtually limitless.

when it comes time for the big meeting, you can stream your presentation from your iPad and use handy tools, like an on-screen laser pointer as well as the ability to draw arrows to call attention to the content.

  • Excel

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Excel for iPad is also head and shoulders above the iPhone version, with many of the most used features from the desktop version right at your fingertips. Excel also has a Ribbon, with tabs appropriate to working with spreadsheets.

When you want a visual representation of your data, Excel for iPad lets you select the data and will give you several recommended chart and graph types which will best represent it. Even if you don’t like what Excel recommends, there are countless options in the Charts section and they’re organized by type, with graph categories that include lines, columns, pie charts, and numerous other types.

As far as the formulas is concern , Excel for iPad has you covered. It won’t be on par with the desktop version for the sheer number of formulas, but you can choose from long lists of common formulas by category. There are common functions for financial spreadsheets, logical functions, text-focused functions, Lookup and Reference functions, and several more.

  • About subscriptions

As Stated above you can only view documents on your OneDrive with the free versions of the iPad apps. In order to edit and create documents, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription for $9.99 per month for home, or $5 to $15 per month for business.

Good Stuff :

  • Office for iPad apps give you a rich set of tools for managing and creating documents.

  • Sharing features let you work with others.

  • The tools work great on the touch screen


Bad Stuff :

  • The iPad versions don’t give access to user-created templates online.