Way back in February of this year, Microsoft announced that its newest version of its ridiculously popular suite of productivity apps, Office, would launch sometime later in the year. And now, all these months later, and just a few weeks out from the newest version of Windows arriving, we now know when we'll get to install the new Office. And it just so happens to coincide with the launch of the new version of the company's desktop OS.
While Microsoft has been making tweaks and improvements to its suite of office apps for quite some time, a proper change to the numbered year hasn't happened since 2019. That changes today, though, as Microsoft officially unveils Office 2021.
Microsoft has updated its Office for iPhone and iPad productivity suite with a few new nice-to-haves. For instance, you can now take advantage of side-by-side multitasking in Excel. Also, Word now supports richer mouse and trackpad interactions on your Magic Keyboard.
If you need Microsoft Office, you must currently subscribe to it - not everyone's cup of tea. That could change as soon as next year, however, as the Windows maker has now confirmed that it will offer a new perpetual release of Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows that doesn't require a subscription to use beginning in 2021.
Google yesterday announced a set of changes and new features that are coming to or are already available in its mobile word processor Docs, spreadsheet app Sheets and presentation software Slides, including support for the system-wide Dark Mode on the iPhone and iPad.
Keeping true to its promise, Microsoft yesterday updated its Word and PowerPoint productivity apps on the App Store with the ability to open two documents in a side-by-side view on iPad via Split View multitasking support. The Excel app did not pick up Split View support at post time, however. Microsoft has also acknowledged that it's working on implementing iPadOS trackpad support for the Office suite, but don't expect to be taking advantage of it before the fall.
Microsoft is now testing iOS 13's ability to have apps run several windows of the same app on iPad with its own Word and PowerPoint software.
Back in November of last year, Microsoft began beta testing a new version of its Office app for iPhone, one that consolidates Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into one app experience.
Microsoft today issued updates to the mobile Word, Excel and PowerPoint software bringing new features and a fresh coat of paint to these iOS productivity apps.
The Outlook desktop app that ships as part of Microsoft's Office suite can be quite cluttered but now Mac users will be able to install the Outlook.com web app into macOS, Chrome OS, Windows and other platforms that natively support Progressive Web Apps (PWA).
Microsoft yesterday announced a cool table-creation feature in Excel for iPhone and iPad which takes advantage of your iOS device's built-in camera, computer vision and machine learning to turn a photo of data in a table format into an editable spreadsheet in the app.
Microsoft today refreshed its Word, Excel and PowerPoint productivity apps in Mac App Store with support for trackpad-based sketching.