All time rivals, Microsoft and Apple seems to finally team up by setting aside the contrarieties. As a part of this move, Microsoft now confirms offering their MS office suite for Apple’s iPad. This does not mean however that they are initiating a co-venture or started a new alliance, but it means that both of the giants have realized that an unrelenting approach can only forestall their products from attaining the fullest potential.
Not just in case of Apple and Microsoft, this is the same in all the sectors as the common users are now more demanding. They want to get the best of all worlds when brought together while they choose products and without offering them the best, no brand can stay in demand for long.
As far as we know, majority of the computer users are much used to the MS Office suite, which had been there on our desktops for long. Majority of the office bearers cannot even think of a world without Word or Excel to assist in their daily office chores. As Apple is competing with Microsoft and other brands in the personal computing market, they fully understand that no other look-alike office suite can go beyond the user acceptance for MS Office, which was a heard learn they had with many similar experimentation.
On the other hand, Microsoft was also on the look out of ensuring retaining their existing Office suite users in the midst of the high market acceptance of the new-age Apple’s products. So, in order to offer the users more flexible and user-friendly options and to attain maximum possible profit, they are coming into this mutual agreement ultimately by making MS Office application available on iPad.
To be on the fair side, Microsoft previously released a limited Office suite named OneNote for iPhone and iPad, but that didn’t got a good response. The users cannot really write a full kind of report or make a spreadsheet on your phone using it, and those who already tasted the rich experience with MS office, had found it as highly limiting mockery. What people always wanted was a full version Office optimized for the Apple devices and this is what Steve Ballmer has finally announced to become true.
Getting MS office on iPad
In order to get the Office Mobile on iPad or iPhone, you need to first activate the app with your Microsoft account, and for this you should be having an Office subscriptions with any of the below plans.
• Office 365 – Home Premium
• Office 365 – Small Business Premium
• Office 365 – Midsize Business
• Office 365 – Enterprise E3 and E4
• Office 365 – ProPlus
• Office 365 – Education A3 and A4
• Office 365 – University
• Office 365 – Special government plans consisting of Office Mobile too.
The types of files you can open and edit using Office Mobile are;
• MS Word – .doc, .docx, .dot, .dotx, .dotm, .docm
• MS Excel – .xls, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltx, .xlsm, .xltm
• PowerPoint – . ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .pptm, .ppsm
Other unique features
You can also add, delete, and display the comments or share the MS world files through email. Using Excel, you can navigate through different worksheets. You can also administer the much needed Excel functionality as to apply filter, set formulas, sort data, format cells, as well as sharing through email. With Power Point, you can add or edit the slide text, navigate through the slides in thumbnail view, and can share the presentation through email.
However, there is a common complaint raised by many that they cannot edit many MS Office documents from the iPhone / iPad. It needed to be noted that Office Mobile may not be able to open the files, which were already saved by other third party applications. You may also not be able to edit some documents depending on what is there in it or how got saved late. Some common things which make the documents read only are;
• If the file got saved as an older version of MS Office document like MS Word 97 or 2003 (.doc), MS Excel 97 or 2003 sheet (.xls), or MS PowerPoint 97 or 2003 presentation (.ppt
• If the document is digitally signed.
• If is marked as final.
• If the file got protected under rights management.
• Password protected.
• Specifically marked as edit protected.
• MS word docs, which got track changes enabled.
• Docs with custom markups like XML with unsupported values, SDT, or smart tags.
• Also you cannot edit sections with images or clipart.
View and edit files from SkyDrive
One of the alternative best method to handle your Office documents that are saved in the SkyDrive is to directly open them from the SkyDrive app, which is available for free in the App Store. Once the app got installed, you can simply tap on the Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file which you want to access. You can also tap open another app button and then open it in Another app. You can open it using Office Mobile too and this app can automatically open the office document to be edited on your iPad and get saved to the SkyDrive.
CloudOn for MS Office on iPhone and iPad
CloudOn is another widely accepted app, which effectively brings MS Office to iPad. This app helps to manage your cloud-stores files to created, edit, and present any sort of MS office documents. You can do all the same for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Once if you create an and log in to the CloudOn, you can see the list of services which are compatible with the app. With the CloudOn account, apart from Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, you can also view the PDF, JPG, PGN, and GIF files too.
On editing a Word document, you can get access to all the familiar editing options like fonts, text style, paragraph settings, alignment, references and many more. In Excel, you can edit and format cells, input formulas, create data sets, apply filters, and almost all the same as the full application can do. For Power Point, you can simply add and edit test, insert clipart and images, change theme, and create custom sideshows. All the changes are getting saved automatically to the cloud storage, which is universally accessible.