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.
Purchase an iPad for a loved one or family member, and without fail, the recipient will ask, “Does this work with Microsoft Word?” Thankfully, the answer is now a resounding yes—at least for those willing to pay for the privilege. With few exceptions, Microsoft Word for iPad is well worth the wait. While the iPad-only app doesn’t offer the same full-frontal feature assault of the Mac or Windows editions, the majority of the most frequently used, make-or-break tools (including track changes, charts, and rich formatting) are all present and accounted for.
On the eve of the launch of Microsoft's three signature Office apps for the iPad, several critics were still suggesting that it was too late for their appearance to make much of a difference. According to today's Twitter report from Microsoft, however, they couldn't have been more wrong. Just one week since Word, Excel, and PowerPoint came to Apple's tablet, the apps (combined with OneNote) have been downloaded a stunning 12 million times.
Why wouldn't we start in with the iPhone 6 rumors already? The year is creeping on by, getting ever closer to the next handset drop date, so let's see what's cooking in that and other stories this week. But as we look forward to the iPhone's future, we also get an inside look at the past, where it all began. Plus games and TV news and more in this week's hottest news roundup.
As we reported yesterday, Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint finally made their way to the iPad, and they're already smashing successes just a day after their release. All three apps currently occupy the top three positions for free apps on the iPad App Store, and the fourth is occupied by Microsoft's redesigned OneNote. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella celebrated the news on Twitter, saying, "looks like it’s a productive Friday for #iPad owners!"
A big week for stories about Apple competitors. There's a real rogues' gallery of names here from Google to Samsung from Microsoft to Amazon. And if you're a fan of the actor Christian Bale, then you're in for a treat. Meanwhile, it's not too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. All that and more beneath the fold.
Looking for a great scanner for your documents? Don't bother with the clunky, heavy machines of yesteryear--instead, head over to the App Store and download Readdle's wonderful ScannerPro app. It's the free iOS app of the week (and of 2014), and it's a must-download if you if ever need to use a scanner to send off a few documents.
In a significant stain on the otherwise welcome announcement that iWork would now be free for Mac and iOS users, many long-time users were surprised to find that the updated version no longer included several important features in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. As AppleInsider relates, Apple has now responded to these criticisms with a new support page stating that we'll see the features added again within the next six months.