A few days ago, Microsoft announced a new update for its “Office for iOS” suite. This update adds quite a lot of interesting stuff. One of the main features is the iCloud storage support.
Microsoft Office for iOS
Microsoft Office is one of the main productivity suites on the planet, and using it effectively on iOS has to be a priority for Microsoft.
One thing that the iOS version lacked when compared to its desktop counterpart was integration with an online storage service, pretty much like OneDrive on PC, until now.
This is one of the best things that could have happened to Office for iOS. The ability to save files in iCloud and have them available on any Apple device is very useful.
If you are one of those users that owns an iPad/iPhone and a MacBook or an iMac, through this new update, you can now open, save or edit documents to/from iCloud without the need for an Office 360 subscription or the installation of Microsoft’s OneDrive.
It’s a little obscure the way Microsoft added iCloud support though. iCloud isn’t listed in the Places section where you would add new locations to save automatically. You need to browse the More section in order to get access to this service. This is a little confusing!
With this new feature there are a few restrictions depending on file types. This means you can’t edit or open a file created with Mac based tools, even though it might have a supported format. You can see a thumbnail view of the file though, but not being able to edit the file is a huge downside.
Even though Microsoft Office for iOS is quite basic when compared to the versions for other platforms, being able to create documents and edit them on the go, even in a very basic form, is a good thing.
With the increased number of businesses issuing tablets and mobile apps to their employees, it’s very important to have a complete set of office apps installed on devices. At least Microsoft Office for iOS does deliver a basic experience.
While there are other choices, the new update including iCloud support enables Microsoft to keep Office for iOS useful for creating and editing office documents while you are mobile.
The new update adds iCloud support which is an essential feature if Microsoft Office for iOS is to remain relevant in the mobile space.
The new Microsoft Office for iOS update is available now!