While people (literally) around the world awaits for the premiere of “Man of Steel”, folks at Redmond quietly launches Office Mobile for iOS. After years of speculation, Microsoft, yesterday released an Office version for iOS optimized for iPhone (ooops, sorry iPad).
The app requires a subscription license of Office through Office 365. Office Mobile is tied into SkyDrive associated with a user’s Office 365 credentials, so it is automatically in sync with your files in the cloud. Users can also open and edit file attachments from Mail and save them back to the cloud or mail them back. It also allows you to create new documents or open existing ones either by browsing folders in SkyDrive or by finding them through a recent files list which synchronizes with your recent files from desktop applications.
The app provides almost the same functionality as Office for Windows Phones devices which really comes in handy. There is no word yet for an Android version but it is safe to say that Microsoft is also leaning on that direction. And if you’re wondering where is the iPad version, that is unlikely to happen because of course, Office apps is one of the major sales push for Microsoft’s Surface tablets. It is also worth noting that Apple, as announced last week, will drop Google searches for Siri and will use Microsoft’s Bing instead for the next iOS 7 release. Head past break for the images.
Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS
After you install Office Mobile, you’ll get a similar, mobile-friendly version of the install introduction from the full Office 2013.
Once it’s got all the introductions out of the way, Office Mobile prompts you for your existing Office 365 credentials, or politely directs you to a page where you can buy a license.
You get the rights to 5 mobile devices with a Home Premium subscription (not counting Windows Phone, which comes with the Office Mobile app installed), in addition to the full client on 5 PCs and Macs. Mac users get Office 2011 for Mac OS X.
If you purchase an Office subscription plan in-app, you’ll need to create a Microsoft ID.
Once you’ve got the whole Office subscription thing out of the way, sign in with your credentials and you’re on your way.
The “Recent” navigation view gives a time-based view of the files you’ve touched in Office. You can also go hunting through your SkyDrive folders.
Big on readability, Word has viewer and editor modes for documents, so you can just navigate through to review.
Editing Word on iPhone.
You can edit cells in spreadsheets, and even add charts.
Here’s the slide sorter view in PowerPoint. PowerPoint is more powerful than you’d think on the iPhone. You can edit speaker notes and text in files; there’s even a presentation rehearsal mode that you can run the app on in portrait orientation—the slide is shown on top, and the notes below.