Saturday, May 17, 2014

Office For IPad Gets AirPrint Support

Microsoft Office is one of the most popular office applications suites available. Microsoft has cashed in its popularity by releasing an MS Office mobile app version that would run on operating systems like Google Android and Apple iOS. This is a win-win situation for both parties involved.

About the Microsoft Office for iPad app

Microsoft would actually prefer its Office users switching to their mobile OS – Windows Phone 8 OS – for using the MS Office applications. However, the Windows 8 Phone OS has failed to make any impact in the market so far. As Microsoft has started expanding its cloud subscription services, they released the MS Office 365 cloud subscription package.

Now, the MS Office for iPad is available as a freeware app, but with limited options. But, if you wanted to use the full version MS Office, then you would have to subscribe to the MS Office 365 cloud service. The freeware MS Office for iPad would contain the MS Word, MS Excel and PowerPoint applications.

But, in the freeware app, you would only be able to open and view your Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentation slides. If you want to edit them or create a new MS Office file in iPad for any of these applications, then you have upgrade to the MS Office 365 cloud service.

MS Office for iPad gets AirPrint support

The MS Office for iPad got an update recently. It now supports the AirPrint function available in iPads. AirPrint refers to the wireless print standard used in Apple iPad. The update has also fixed some of the technical bugs that were affecting the MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications.

The new AirPrint support would work fine in MS Word for printing documents. You can use the Print option in MS Excel to print the data within a selected range, all the data in a single worksheet or the whole spreadsheet document. Also, you can take printout of individual slides or the complete PowerPoint presentation file.

Even with all these new print options, the freeware app is not as good as the full version. However, the full version MS Office 365 app for iPad, would cost you about 69.99$ for one year subscription. By subscribing to this service, you can access this cloud service from two devices maximum – your iPad and your home or workplace computer.

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