Check out some of the new features coming to the iOS and Android mobile Office apps


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.

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16 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

This is not your Daddy's Microsoft! It's Redmond Reborn.

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

C'mon who uses office apps now-a-days? I never used it.

3. KonSkl

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 03, 2016

You kiddin' right? What do you use then?

4. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

None of your business. iOS already comes with many apps preloaded so no need of downloading new unnecessary apps which are useful for only handful of people.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hahahahahahaha I feel bad for you that you have to use those free hack programs....

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Which one of those Apple. Apps can open MS docs? None of them. Again this is what is so stupid about Apple fans. You feel because YOU DON'T NEED SOMETHING, no one else should need it too?!

6. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right? They don't have a high download number for no reason.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Just because a 12-year old doesn't use Office doesn't mean the rest of the adult world doesn't.

8. path45th

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Pages, Keynote, and Numbers by Apple, also called iWork are a lot better for writing documents, doing presentations and spreadsheets and they are totally free. There's also iMovie to edit videos. I haven't used Microsoft antiquated programs for ages. And, yes, I'm one of the 1,5 billions who downloaded Office to see if they do anything better than iWork but.. nope. I deleted it within one hour.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have got to be kidding. Microsoft is light years ahead when it comes to office tools.

10. path45th

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I’m not kidding at all.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Than you know nothing about office tools.

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

That's you. You are a minority. IWork totally sucks outside of iOS. What's great about Office is its 100% crossplatform, something Apple options have always sucked at.

16. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

In my A&P class we had to do a class presentation, so one of the students was trying to open up her presentation and it wouldn't open so at all. I looked at the file name and it said .key I looked up what that it stood for, turns out it's the file name for a Keynote document. So she couldn't present it. Did she pass that project? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Microsoft Office is important, whether you realize it or not.

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The article says 1.5billion use it. So it seems you are the minority here. I use Word and Excel on my Note. Which is why am happy for the 512GB option. I no. Longer have to store my docs on the cloud. Just in 2018 alone, I have received over 10,000 Office docs between just these 2 apps and over 1000 PPT presentations. I have religiously used Office since Office 95. When you consider that of 3billion people use Office on the desktop, then the. O Ile version for them makes perfect sense. Right?

11. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I use Google's Office suite, totally useful. I can easily update a table from my iphone and review the data on my Windows' browser. Sure, Microsoft can do that, but Google's is so smooth and transparent.

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