Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, yesterday launched Office Software suite for Apple’s iPad, hence breaking the long standing Windows-centric tradition of Microsoft. In his first major press conference as CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella said at the release event, “a billion people rely on Office every day, and we’ve worked diligently to create a version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that delivers the best productivity experience available on the iPad. It’s built from the ground up for touch, is unmistakably Office in its design, and is optimized for iPad.”
The Office suite includes separate apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. When you edit a document, that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Your Office 365 subscription not only gets you the Office for iPad apps installed on up to 5 tablets, but also 5 copies across Office for your PCs and Macs.
Recently, Microsoft had also announced a new cheaper Office 365 subscription service option, Office 365 Personal. Priced at $6.99 a month, the Office 365 Personal subscription service provides access to the Office 2013 applications and is valid for just one computer and one tablet. The $9.99-per-month Office 365 Home Premium subscription allows users to use the service across up to five PCs/Macs and five mobile devices.
In Word, images, tables, SmartArt, footnotes, equations are all there. Formulas, charts, sparklines, conditional formatting, and filters in Excel are present. PowerPoint presentations with transitions, animations, speaker notes and much more. When presenting, you can even use a built-in laser pointer, pens and highlighters to get your point across.
The large touch areas on the Ribbon and in overlay menus make it simple to create, edit and format documents using only touch. Resize and rotate objects like pictures with touch-friendly handles. When you hold and move the objects, text flows smoothly around them. No keyboard and mouse required. You can even use iPad features like voice dictation to draft a Word document or AirPlay® to project a presentation wirelessly on a TV screen.