Microsoft brings the unified Office app to the iPad

Microsoft has updated its unified Office mobile app for iOS to version 2.46 with support for iPadOS to work across Apple iPads.

After its release for the iPhone in February 2020, the company has now updated the iPad version to be a single, unified application.

Microsoft Office for the iPad is now a single app that includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote in a unified look and feel.

The new Office app combines Word, Excel and PowerPoint into one, and users can choose to create Word, Excel or other documents from within the single start screen.

Microsoft originally launched the program for iOS and Android in 2019, and the company has been working on improving it gradually, but it has always worked in frameworks instead of the fully optimized iPad app.

This new update means Office is now a complete iPadOS app, with access to all the regular tablet variants of Microsoft’s productivity suite.

The app is also bundled with some useful tools that are primarily designed for the tasks of mobile devices.

This includes the ability to quickly create PDFs or sign documents, convert images into text and tables, and more quick actions.

The software giant has simplified Office mobile offerings via this single app, but standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are still available on the App Store and updated regularly.

It is not clear if Microsoft intends to remove these standalone applications, which do not appear to have any functions that the new standardized version lacks.

While the main Office app took some time to be suitable for the iPad, Microsoft has recently added several iPad-specific features to its productivity applications, including mouse and trackpad support recently.

IPad Air, iPad‌ and iPad mini users can use the app for free, but it requires a Microsoft 365 subscription to take full advantage of all sharing or collaboration features. For iPad Pro users, a paid subscription is required even to edit or create documents.

Within the new application, the company offers various subscription options, starting at $ 6.99 per month.

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