After a long wait, finally Microsoft Office 365 for iOS has arrived! The most awaited and precious app is finally here! Every single person comes to a point when he or she has to edit a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet or a PowerPoint presentation on the go. In order to do this, you need Microsoft Office on your iPhone or iPad, but, until now, there was only a desktop version. I am glad that, meanwhile, we were fortunate enough to have third party apps to use until Microsoft launched its own Office iOS app. A few months ago, I wrote another article entitled Microsoft Office apps for iPhone, iPad or iPod, suggesting what alternatives you can use instead of Microsoft Office. Lync, Quickoffice Pro, Documents To Go and CloudOn were just few of the options suggested being used in the absence of Microsoft Office. Luckily, we now have Microsoft Office 365 for iOS! Microsoft Office for iPhone, or the official title “Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers” will be available only to current, paying Office 365 customers. Having Office Mobile on your iPhone means that you can access, view and edit any file previously saved in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. More than this, you can also access bigger sets of file types, but you will not be able to edit them. Features Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents “look like the original ones” and support charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. This means that if you deal with a document, sheet or presentation containing one of the media mentioned above, you can edit, or write on it, and the format will remain the same. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Office 365 can now fit in smaller display size, so they “look like the original ones”. Microsoft Office documents will not have all the desktop features, but they have the capabilities needed by someone who is on the move. To be more specific, Microsoft Office for iPhone helps you to format, create, read, save, view and edit Word documents when you are on the go. It is not rocket science, and it is useful if you have to do something urgent and you do not have access to a laptop or a Mac.
Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or files can be seen, and adjusted a little bit - move, hide, change or replace slides, edit text and modify notes.
Microsoft Excel documents and spreadsheets can be created from scratch with Office Mobile for iPhone, but the adjustments are a bit limited - you can make adjustments such as leave comments, create graphs and charts, tabs and format changes. Excel for iPhone is ideal for adjustments, more than for creation. Oh, and you cannot open .ODF files or Office Document from Office 2003 or older ones.
Cloud and sync Microsoft Office for Mobile uses documents and files from the cloud. The cloud uses stored and downloaded documents from SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint. The synchronization helps to keep your documents up to date on all devices, which means that if you modify a document from your iPhone, it will appear modified on your PC or Mac. Also, when you open a document from SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, it will take you at the same part where you were last time when you edited or read that document, no matter from which device you accessed it before. Even though Office Mobile for Office 365 is a service that uses the cloud, this does not require an internet connection in order to use it. The documents can be saved automatically, and they can be modified, read or edited online or offline (the changes are updated in the cloud when there’s an internet connection). Price and compatibility Office 365 for iPhone is not free, as it is for all Windows Phones, where it comes pre-installed. In order to be able to use it, you need to be an Office 365 subscriber. You can subscribe in the App Store, but only if you are living in the United States at the moment. I am sure Microsoft will release the European version soon too! Office 365 for Mobile is compatible with iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th generation, and hopefully they will include the iPad very soon.