Microsoft releases first major update to Office for iPad

Say hello to PDF sharing, picture tools and custom font support in Word for iPad versions 1.1. Excel and PowerPoint for iPad also received new features in version 1.1. Here's what you need to know.

Microsoft today released the first major update to its Office suite for the iPad. Labeled as version 1.1, WordExcel, and PowerPoint each received several new features that were widely requested since the suite was released on March 27, 2014. Here's what you get with version 1.1 of the popular iPad apps:

Word for iPad (version 1.1): 

• Send PDFs: You asked, we listened. Now you can send Word files as PDFs.
• Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of a photo, or reset to undo your changes.
• Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.

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(Screenshot: Microsoft)

Excel for iPad (version 1.1) adds:

  • Send PDFs: You asked, we listened. Now you can send Excel files as PDFs. 
  • Flick to Select: Flick a cell’s selection handle in any direction to quickly and easily select all the data in a row or column. 
  • External Keyboard Support: Using an external keyboard is even easier. Use the same keys to input data and move around a worksheet as you would on your PC or Mac. 
  • PivotTables: Interact with PivotTables that have source data in the same workbook. 
  • Print Options: More paper sizes and scaling options give you more control over the layout when printing your workbooks. 
  • Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of the photo, or reset to undo your changes. 
  • Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.
Excel for iPad (version 1.1) - Jason O'Grady
(Screenshot: Microsoft)

PowerPoint for iPad (version 1.1) adds: 

  • Presenter View: View and edit speaker notes, see your next slide, or jump to other slides while presenting. 
  • Play Media: Play videos, sound effects, and background music while presenting. 
  • Insert Video: Insert videos from your Camera Roll. 
  • Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of the photo, or reset to undo your changes.
  • Presenter Tools: Now you can erase highlights and drawings on your presentation.
  • Send PDFs: Send PowerPoint files as PDFs. 
  • Hyperlinks: Add links to your presentation or edit existing ones. 
  • Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.
PowerPoint for iPad (version 1.1) - Jason O'Grady
(Screenshot: Microsoft)

Microsoft WordExcel, and PowerPoint for iPad allow you to open and read documents for free, editing requires a paid Office 365 subscription.

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