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Microsoft Office apps are ready for the iPad Pro

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Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Today we are taking another step forward in bringing a great Office experience to everyone across a range of devices and platforms. As we announced in September, we have optimized Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote apps for the iPad Pro. Starting today, these Office apps are now available and take full advantage of new multitasking features, so you can be productive on your iPad Pro right away.

Here are some highlights of the new Office capabilities that really stand out with multitasking features on the iPad Pro.

Split View

Need to use two apps at once? No problem with Split View. You can now have two active Office apps on the screen at the same time. For example, you can analyze your business results in Excel and update the corresponding chart in PowerPoint, so you can see your data and presentation side by side. Alternatively, you can review an email attachment and make the required changes to a related Word document right away. The changes are automatically updated in the attachment, so you’re ready to send in a single tap.

Slide Over

Need to open a second app? Easy. Keep the first app open and use Slide Over to open a second one. You can easily review your email and add an important list to a OneNote notebook or create a sales presentation and quickly send an email to your team reminding them of the upcoming client pitch meeting.

We’re excited to have these updated apps available when the iPad Pro hits store shelves this week. Stay tuned for more new features coming soon.

Get the Office apps today

If you have an iPad Pro and are looking to complete your on-the-go productivity solution, start by getting Office 365 today! While viewing is free, you will need a qualifying Office 365 subscription to create and edit documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint on larger devices like the iPad Pro or Surface, consistent with our existing Office business model. With your Office 365 subscription, you can get fully installed Office applications across all of your devices (up to five PCs or Macs), utilize premium features in the Office mobile apps, access your documents from anywhere with 1 TB of OneDrive storage and always have the latest updates. The OneNote and Outlook apps are free to use on the iPad Pro.

Install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and OneDrive today on your iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini or iPhone.

We hope you enjoy these updated apps for iPad Pro and look forward to hearing your feedback!

—Kirk Koenigsbauer

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54 comments
  1. Kirk,

    Thank you and your team for updating Office for Mac. As a Macintosh daily user I love the parity of Office for Mac with Office 365 and Office 2016.

    I would really like to see a video based feature/functionality comparison with well done demonstrations of Office on the iPad Pro versus Office on the Surface Pro 4.

    Specifically I would appreciate seeing the Apple Pencil compared with the Surface Pro Pen using Office 2016.

    I stopped by Best Buy yesterday in the hopes of looking at both. Alas Best Buy had no iPad Pros in stock. So I couldn’t road test it myself. They did have the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. However Office 2016 was not installed on either. I could only press the top of the Surface Pen to launch One Note (underwhelming for what I sought to test).

    So help us out as we try to decide what computer to purchase next?

    Thanks,
    Professor Jennings

  2. Great update… When will inking capabilities be added to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel?

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Thanks David for your comment. Inking capabilities in Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

      • when does it available on ipad pro. aint they just updated nov 11 wednesday?

      • Can you confirm when the ‘draw’ functionality for the apple pencil will be available? Thanks, Joel.

        • Really looking forward to reviewing Word docs with pencil and ink on iPad Pro. I expect it will be even better than when I used my TC1100 tablet PC…10 years ago…

          • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

            @Joel, Jeffrey – following up to provide more details about the inking availability. Inking will be available in Word and PowerPoint on the iPad Pro in January 2016.

      • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

        @ David – following up to provide more details about the inking availability. Inking will be available in Word and PowerPoint on the iPad Pro in January 2016.

  3. Are there any plans to incorporate macro capabilities in the iPad apps?

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Thanks Jacob for your comment. Right now there are no plans to incorporate Macro into the Office apps on iOS, because current App Store guidelines prohibit download and execution of additional code. We’ll continue to track this request.

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Thanks Melodie!

  4. This is a great update! I love the split view function, it’s really amazing and useful!

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Thanks Melodie!

      • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

        @TheDailyAppleIT – we’re glad you love the Split view function, it’s one of our favorites too! Super for multitasking.

      • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

        @TheDailyApple IT – we’re glad you like the split view function, it’s one of our favorites too! Super for multi-tasking.

  5. Will you be adding the ability to have two instances of the same Office app (such as Word) open with spilt view? I’ve found myself wanting to reference one Word document while creating content in another.

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi Kyle, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately its is not currently possible to run 2 instances of the same app (iOS limitation per Apple)

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi John, thanks for the feedback. Our team is working on delivering 9.0 updates for all the Microsoft apps, but we don’t have any details to share about Groups right now.

  6. Are you planning to redesign the UI for the iOS Outlook app?
    Right now the Outlook app looks so different from the rest of Office.

  7. What, if any, will be the extent of Endnote support in Microsoft Word for iPad Pro? Although it is unlikely, will there be any ability to use Endnote’s Cite While You Write feature in Word for iPad Pro? If there is limited or no support for Endnote, will it at least be possible to use the split screen feature in iOS 9 with Endnote on one side and Word on the other?

  8. Very disappointed to see that a highlighted feature in the keynote Apple gave about the launch of this product doesn’t exist. I bought an iPad Pro specifically to annotate documents in word. I am less than thrilled to find out I just bought a larger iPad that can’t do what was demonstrated in a sales pitch.

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi Aaron – Inking capabilities in Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

      • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

        @ Aaron- following up to provide more details about the inking availability. Inking will be available in Word and PowerPoint on the iPad Pro in January 2016.

  9. I was excited to try office apps on my iPad Pro, finally a screen size on a tablet capable of being working on properly, but was not impressed to learn I had to have a subscription to do so.

    I’ve used office on my Mac and on my work PC for years but have never liked this new subscription based way of selling apps. Give me the option to purchase an app and I’d be happy, rather than being forced to pay monthly to use it. This looks like MS is pushing people like me to move to using apple’s iWork apps instead.

    • I agree with Paul. I have already paid for Office on my PC and don’t need the cloud service so Office 365 is not a good value just to access office on iPad Pro.

      I don’t mind paying a one-time fee to access Office on iPad but I don’t want a subscription. Why can’t you offer a choice?

  10. Kirk ,

    When will the update with the annotate be available, i mean thats what blew our minds on the presentation but we did not get this anotation on the last update, will it be any time soon ?? one other will we be able any time soon to use the scenario on excel just as you can use it in any pc or mac?? thanks

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi Jorge – Inking capabilities in Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

      • Dear Ebun – many thanks for clarifying. I looked around on Microsoft´s Support pages within my accounts page without easliy finding this info. We are obviously all keen to get started with inking within Office on our iPad Pros – do you think perhaps you could flag ( “Coming Soon” ) here and there that the up-do-date Office for iPad doen´t yet have the capabilities, so that others will see it instead of contacting your help desks?

        • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

          @ Lars, Jorge – following up to provide more details about the inking availability. Inking will be available in Word and PowerPoint on the iPad Pro in January 2016.

  11. Can Microsoft university be used for access to apps on iPad pro or does it have to be a 365 subscription. Considering using tablet only for school.

  12. Is the references tab back in this version? And can I make APA forms?

  13. Where is the functionality “draw” on Microsoft word for iPad pro?
    At the iPad Pro presentation Microsoft show us a functionality on Microsoft word that shows that we can draw on word documents. Where is it?

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi Helena

      Thanks for your comment. Inking “draw” capabilities in Word, Excel, PowerPoint will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

      • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

        @Helena – following up to provide more details about the inking availability. Inking will be available in Word and PowerPoint on the iPad Pro in January 2016.

  14. Hi,

    One quick question. I have an iPad Pro and I have a 365 university subscription and installed all the apps on my device but I have only in OneNote the option to draw (ink option). Neither in Excel nor in all the other apps I have this option, so I cannot make any notes in the other apps except OneNote. I installed also the Apple Pencil but still this option is not visible. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks.

    Kirk

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi Kirk

      Thanks for your comment. Inking “draw” capabilities in Word, Excel, PowerPoint will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

      • Hello Ebun,

        Thanks for letting us know it’s coming soon. The key question I and I have and others have already asked is “When is ‘soon’?” Is this something Microsoft pulled from the recent releases because it wasn’t ready? Or was it a commercial decision to support the release of the new Microsoft hardware i.e. Providing an advantage for the Surface Pro 4?

        If you aren’t provided an answer you will continue to see this thread filled with the same question over and over with your boiler plate response.

        Regards,

        Martin

        • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

          @Kirk, Martin – following up to provide more details about the inking availability. Inking will be available in Word and PowerPoint on the iPad Pro in January 2016.

  15. Hello, three qs please for editing in Office 365 on iPad Pro using Magic Keyboard 2 and maybe Apple Pencil or another stylus:

    1., What options are there for moving the text bar without touching the screen with a finger? I can see Tab offers some functionality here (eg moving between form fields). But for example does the Apple Pencil (or something cheaper) allow a user to pick a spot for the text bar?

    I’m particularly interested because having just bought iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard so that I can type at a bit of a distance from the screen, and shift about a bit, I’d like to lean less far forward (eg using pencil) and touch more accurately when moving the text bar.

    2. What’s the easiest option for ‘input source switch’ when using Magic Keyboard?

    Thanks.

  16. Does anyone know when the “ink” function will be available on iPad Pro? Thanks a lot!

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi Forest, Inking functionality will be available in Word and PowerPoint on the iPad Pro in January 2016

      • I realized, thank you very much!

  17. I just recently purchased an iPad Pro, and have a few questions about the excel app.

    First: Is it possible to run two excel documents simultaneously?

    Second: Will there ever be Solver and Data Analysis capabilities such as regression modeling?

    Thanks,

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi Dane

      Thanks for your comments.

      #1: Unfortunately its is not possible to run 2 instances of the same app (iOS limitation per Apple)

      #2: We currently don’t have solver or regression modelling features for iPad Pro on our roadmap, but we are constantly evaluating customer requests for new features. Please go to http://excel.uservoice.com to request these new features.

      Thanks!

  18. Hi, I have two files I have to use daily at work and sadly they both won’t work on my apple mac nor on iPad as they both use slicers in normal tables, do you know when this function will get added to the apple versions of EXCEL please?

    I’ve just bought an iPad pro, I already have an iPad and iMac, macbook pro and macbook air, so ~I’m not swapping to a window machine at home, and I’m sick of having use up two of my 5 microsoft office 365 subs on running excel on both iOS and windows on my iMac to do this work at home when I need to, the slicers worked on the 2013 version for windows and yet they still don’t work in the 2016 version for iMac why? any chance they work on the iPad pro?

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi R K –

      Thanks for your comment. Not good news to share i’m afraid. We currently don’t have the Slicer feature in Excel on iOS (iPad, iPad Pro) or Mac. However, we are constantly evaluating customer requests for new features to include on our roadmap, so please go to http://excel.uservoice.com to request the Slicer feature.

  19. The update is great love it so far. I am very dissapointed that the inking features is not available yet for ipad pro. The whole reason i bought it was to be able to mark up powerpoints because i thought the feature would be available when the ipad pro was released. I really hope the feature gets added soon!

    • Ebun Onagoruwa (FALUSI)

      Hi David

      Thanks for your comment. Inking functionality will be available in Word and PowerPoint on the iPad Pro in January 2016.

  20. I’m loving the iPad Pro and Office 365.

    I would very much like to be able to export my presentations to an MP4 video – the transitions, animations etc, even my voice, so that there is a video of my presentation that I can post somewhere, such as Vimeo etc.

    This is available for the PC and Mac versions of PowerPoint. For much of the time I don’t have access to my own of either when doing such presentations where I also need to record…

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