The Google Drive app has been a handy all-in-one tool for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, but if you didn’t already know that the company’s cloud storage service held such features within, the name alone probably wouldn’t give it away. Luckily, Google aims to remedy that with today’s standalone releases of Google Docs and Google Sheets apps for iOS.
Following years of speculation, Microsoft finally unleashed a trio of Office apps on iPad a few weeks back, with Word for iPad, Excel for iPad, and PowerPoint for iPad all offering good-to-great touch-enabled takes on the long-running productivity favorites. Curiously, though, all three launched without printing support, which made them not-fully-ideal options for users looking to untether from a traditional computer. Luckily, that oversight has been swiftly corrected, as Microsoft announced today via its Office blog that all three apps can now print over the air to any AirPrint-compatible printer.
Wherever Word travels, Excel cannot be far behind—and at long last, Microsoft has allowed the number crunching favorite to follow the money trail straight into the App Store with a touchscreen version built just for iPad. Microsoft Excel for iPad ends years of suffering with less-powerful third-party solutions that have been all too happy to encroach in Redmond’s absence. Like Word, Excel for iPad is in most respects a superior effort over the venerable Mac application, offering an impressively clean user interface that doesn’t skimp on features.
Could the long wait finally be over at last? Microsoft is holding a "mobile first, cloud first" event in San Francisco next week, and rumors are percolating that the long-awaited Office for iPad could indeed be part of that mix.
The web-based version of Microsoft Office has never been a truly formidable foe against Google's own cloud solution, but a volley of updates released this week hope to tip the scales back in Redmond's favor.
Once upon a time, Microsoft Office for iPad was was hailed as the office suite that would make Apple's tablet a worthy work product for professionals. And now, years after the device's first appearance, it appears (via a report from ZDNet), that we may get it after all. The big question, of course, is if it's too late to matter.
Throw a virtual rock inside the App Store and you'll hit any number of titles touting support for venerable Microsoft Office documents, but all of them have one problem: They're not from the folks in Redmond. That situation has finally changed with the arrival of the poorly named Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers, a free mobile companion for Microsoft's productivity suite. While the app mostly performs as advertised, it has Achilles' heels on both feet: First, it's limited to users of the company’s $9.99-per-month Office 365 service, and second, it's only for the iPhone and iPod touch – at least for now.
Microsoft Office has officially come to iOS, but there are a couple of catches: First, you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use it, and second, it appears to only be for the iPhone, at least for now.
Despite early criticisms of the iPad as a device for content consumption rather than creation, a wide range of third-party productivity solutions continue to flourish in the App Store. One of newer kids on this block is Polaris Office, a suite from Korean developer Infraware promising to bring the Microsoft Office experience to iOS for cheap (currently $9.99; regularly $19.99). Better known on the Android platform where it’s preinstalled on select carrier-branded handsets, Polaris Office made the leap to iOS this year with an all-in-one solution for viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on the go.
A wise man once sang that time keeps on slippin’ (slippin’, slippin’) into the future. But when you’re at work, it’s crucial to not let time, or expenses, slip through the cracks. OfficeTime is a robust time and expense tracker that scales from a single person to a small business. It’s great for tracking billable hours, creating invoices, and generating quick expense reports, and it syncs seamlessly between your Mac (or PC), iPhone, and iPad over the local network.