Microsoft makes a load of money licensing its Android based patents and selling subscriptions for some of its Office based iOS and Android apps. During Microsoft's annual Ignite conference for developers and IT pros, which ended last week, Microsoft revealed that its mobile Office Suite has been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times by iOS and Android users. Between the two platforms, the Suite has 100 million active monthly members.
During the conference, Microsoft said that it will focus on the iOS and Android versions of the mobile Office apps and plans on making sure that they have the same exact features as the desktop versions of the apps. If anything, there could be features found on the mobile apps that you won't find on the desktop versions. For example, mobile users will soon be able to scan a photo of a table, and edit the data in the table. This new feature was demoed by Microsoft during the event.
Other new features on the way include one that turns your phone into a laser pointer during a Powerpoint presentation. Soon, mobile Office users will be able to share documents more easily, and co-author documents in real-time. To check out what Microsoft has in mind for iOS and Android users of its mobile Office apps, click on the video at the top of this article.