Microsoft finally launched a new Office app for iOS and Android that their most popular three apps marge into a single app. Soon you won’t have to download individual versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to use them. Microsoft announced that at its Ignite conference on Monday.
In the new app – available now as a public preview on Android and as a beta through Apple’s iOS Test Flight program – you’ll be able to create new documents, presentations and spreadsheets as well as edit and view existing documents. You’ll also be able to “snap a picture of a document” and make it into an editable Word file, create and sign PDFs, or “transform tables from a printed page into an Excel spreadsheet.”
Launched as a public preview, the Office app is available to Android users through Google Play Store and to iOS users through Apple’s TestFlight programme.
Microsoft’s individual apps have been popular on mobile. All three rank in the top 25 productivity apps on iOS, while each app has been downloaded over 1 billion times on Android. Google, however, has been providing strong competition to Microsoft on mobile, with the Docs, Slides and Sheets apps from its G Suite set of productivity tools all ranking higher on iOS.
“With the new Actions pane, you can intuitively complete a variety of common on-the-go tasks, such as creating and signing PDFs and sharing files between devices,” said Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365.
The company also announced the general availability of the all-new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser set for January 15 release. The all-new Microsoft Edge offers the enterprise new tab page, where users will have direct access to Microsoft 365 files.
Microsoft Edge is now available across devices, including Windows 10, Windows 8x, Windows 7, macOS, iOS and Android, said the company.
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