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By Shona Ghosh

Posted on 14 Jun 2013 at 11:56

Office 365 subscribers can now get Office on their iPhone, meaning they can open, edit and save Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the go.

Paying users can access any Office documents stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro or SharePoint. Files can also be attached to emails, while device syncing lets users open any recent documents you’ve accessed on your PC or another device.

And if you were in the middle of reading a document using SkyDrive on another device, opening the same document on your phone automatically takes you back to where you left off reading. However, that only works if you've got Office 2013 installed on your computer.

You can also create new Word and Excel documents though not, it seems, PowerPoint presentations on the phone.

Formatting seems limited, with Microsoft claiming you’ll be able to make "quick edits" to documents. It does claim formatting should remain intact if you make changes to any documents using your phone.

The app displays documents to "look like the originals", supporting graphs, animations and SmartArt. There’s also a "slide navigator" view for PowerPoint presentations, letting you browse through slides more easily.

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You can also download or open a document while online, edit it offline, then save the changes when you reconnect to the network.

So far, the app is only available on the iTunes Store in the US but Microsoft said it should roll out to international markets "over the next few days". It’s available for free and compatible with the iPhone 4 and upwards, the iPad 3 and upwards, the iPad mini and the fifth-generation iPod Touch, although it's only optimised for the phone screen. You’ll also need iOS 6.1 or a later update to use the app.

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User comments

What a coincidence!

Well, how about that - for years MS said no to Office on iOS, then this week Apple launches a very workable editor for Office files in the guise of iWork for iCloud and, lo and behold, MS puts a kind of version out days later - but still refuses to put it on iPads!

Just makes me smile really... ;-)

By SwissMac on 14 Jun 2013

Bit late for that

There were plenty of apps that could edit and create office files. This is just the official method. Think I'll use iWork and convert to office when I need however

By TimoGunt on 15 Jun 2013

@TimoGunt

It depends on what you need. We had a bunch of presentations for a show, at the last minute they bought a bunch of iPads for the people on the stand - the problem was, they had iPads with Keynote and all of the presentations had been created in PowerPoint.

I spent the day before the show converting a hundred animated slides into PDFs, because Keynote made such a mess of the presentations that they were unusable.

By big_D on 17 Jun 2013

@Big_D

Swapping the platform at the last minute...that just foolish.

Unless of course everything was built on something like Prezi or html 5.

We all know what MS are about blocking Office on iPad.

I can't blame them, given the state of both Windows 8 and their own tablet!

By Gindylow on 20 Jun 2013

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