Microsoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iOS and Android

Microsoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iOS and AndroidMicrosoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iOS and Android.

The key feature is an Actions menu for quick access to common mobile tasks.

Samuel Axon – Feb 19, 2020 11:04 pm UTC.

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Today, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Office app for iOS and Android. It combines PowerPoint, Word, and Excel into one application, and it adds a number of mobile-oriented features.

Further Reading.

After a few privacy notifications and the like, the app launches to a homescreen that lists all your recent cloud documents, with a bottom navigation panel. That panel can take you to other places. The first is the add menu, where you can create a document or note either from scratch, from a template, or from something captured by your device’s camera. Documents you create can be stored in iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, or Dropbox.

In addition to Word, PowerPoint, or Excel documents, you can add simple notes, but for some reason, these are not part of Microsoft’s existing OneNote service. “Lens” is another option besides creating a document the old-fashioned way; this camera-based document generator is the same as we’ve seen in Microsoft’s standalone app by the same name.

The second is the Actions panel, which is a vertically scrollable list of quick actions common on mobile devices. It includes:

Transfer files Image to text Image to table Sign a PDF Scan a PDF Pictures to PDF Document to PDF Scan QR code.

Further Reading.

The new Office app is available for both Android and iOS today, though it might take a little while to show up in app store search results. Microsoft intends to continue supporting and adding new features to its standalone apps for the foreseeable future.