Microsoft updates Office for iOS with new features, improvements

Millions of iPhone owners use Microsoft's services and apps, some possibly not even knowing it. One of the most popular suite of apps developed by Microsoft for iOS devices, Office has just been updated with a handful of new features.

Since the Office suite has been split into three standalone apps (World, Excel and PowerPoint), you will have to update all to take advantage of the new features. The most important change should be found in all Office package apps: support for Edmodo and Tencent work with Office.

The new feature is aimed at users in China for the most part, as they will be able to store and access their Office files with Edmodo and Tencent. That includes apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

But there's something new for those who predominantly use the Office suite to make presentation as well. PowerPoint for iOS has been updated with a new feature that adds another method to use the laser point.

Basically, users will be able to point their phones at the screen, then press and hold in the notes area to turn their device into a laser point. This means that the new feature is only available to iPhone users.

We can't imagine someone using their tablet as a laser pointer anyway, though it might be possible if Microsoft really wants that. It's also worth noting that the “laser pointer” feature will only work for Office 365 subscribers.

Last but not least, the update brings Smart Lookup, a new way to get useful information, images, definitions and much more, by simply press and hold on a word or phrase and choose Smart Lookup. Keep in mind that this new feature is only available for Word app.

source: App Store (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) via WalkingCat



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Only for iPhone... Why, WTF, why Microsoft? I was already excited to try this out! SMH

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

2. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Typical Microsoft supporting the opposition and not their own no wonder it's going all to pot

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I don't think MS has ever shown they support their own system, have they? Look at Windows Mobile.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not missing any of these on my Surface Pro 2 with Office 2016, these are still bastardized compared to the full suit...if you're referring to the windows store version, didn't even bother with those junks that force you into putting all your stuff in the f*ckn cloud regardless of what your local storage can handle.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

With Windows 10 is there really a different between Microsoft cloud storage vs our local storage in term of user privacy?

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

With local storage, at least I can control traffic in/out of my PC via my firewall, so, it's still better than nothing. Also, according to reports I read before, it was stated in their privacy policy that they'll access your private files and whatnot on your storage without consent if they "see the need to". However, microshaft seems to have quietly changed that in their privacy policy. They changed it to more specifically refer to OneDrive. Then again, it could change again behind our backs.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012 Proof that Microsoft know what's inside your Windows 10 computer.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's not proof, too many questionable moves: - He didn't show how he "disabled" Windows Defender, he merely claimed to have done it. - Windows defender shows notifications when it does anything, be it background scanning, automaztic malware removal, or sample submission to Microsoft (which I disabled). None of that appeared, so, it's not Windows defender that's the 'cause for sure. - Noticed that he had Malwarebyte Anti-Malware in the notification area, and it was clear blue (instead of grayed out or with a red triangle), which means that it was running with its real time scanning enabled. He didn't mention that in the video. That's probably what was deleting his stuff. I previously had it on my Surface Pro as well (for its website blocking feature) but now stick with only uBlock Origin (with malware filter) and WIndows Defender. That's how Malwarebytes Anti-Malware's real-time security works from my experience. So far, haven't had any cracked software deleted from my Surface Pro. I simply exclude the cracked files from WIndows Defender's scan.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

OK. I using Windows 10 only for exclusive W10 gaming, keep the rest to windows 8.1 because I have more control over it.

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