It had been coming for a while, in fact after plenty of leaks last year, Microsoft had had gone a little quiet on the front of releasing MS Office, the mega, document, number and presentation creating and editing suite for the iPhone. However, without too much noise, Microsoft has finally announced MS Office for iPhone. The sad bit is that there is no iPad version out just yet, given you are more likely to use MS Office on an iPad than a 3.5 or 4 inch iPhone.
The release is US only at the moment, so you will have to be connected to an American iTunes store to get MS Office for your iPhone as of right now. It is largely unknown when the release will go global. The app allows you to edit or view your documents saved in Skydrive right from the app. The feature list of the MS Office suite for iPhone is very similar to that of the same running on Windows Mobile platform.
Microsoft did however warn that you can make quick edits to your existing Word, Powerpoint or Word document meaning pretty obviously that there are some of the features that have not been bought from the desktop version. Although, MS Office is free to download from the App Store, but you will require a Office 365 subscription to use it.
Some of the key features of the application as listed by Microsoft in the app description are as follows:
” Access documents from virtually anywhere:
* Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents that are stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, or SharePoint.
* Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
* Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.
Office documents look stunning:
* Great-Looking Documents – Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
* Optimized for phone – Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been optimized for the small screen of your phone.
* Resume Reading – When opening a Word document from SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
* Presentation Views – The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.
Make quick edits and share:
* Edit – You can make quick edits to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
* Documents Remain Intact – Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
* Edit While Offline – Your device doesn’t have to be continuously connected to the network to work on an Office document that is stored online. You can view and edit recently used documents even while you’re offline. Your changes will be saved online when your device reconnects to the network or to Wi-Fi.
* Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
* Comments – You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.
* Share – When you’re done with your edits or comments, simply send the document in email or save it to SkyDrive or SharePoint.”