During Apple's Monday iPhone SE keynote, senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said one of the reasons Apple launched a 9.7-inch iPad Pro is to attract Windows users. Schiller said, " the majority of people that come to an iPad Pro are coming from a Windows PC, a desktop or a notebook." This is why it is no surprise that Apple is suggesting Microsoft Office to customers who are looking to pre-order the new iPad Pro model.
Microsoft has updated its iOS PowerPoint app with Apple Watch Support. The slide show app was updated to version 1.8 on Tuesday. The update adds the ability to remotely begin and control slide shows on your iPhone from your Apple Watch, and monitor elapsed time, the current slide number and total number of slides using the Glance feature.
PowerPoint is the only app in Microsoft's suite of Office apps to receive Apple Watch features. Word and Excel both received minor updates and bug fixes on Tuesday.
Microsoft's Office iPad suite has received its first major update after being released almost a month ago. All three apps, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, now feature AirPrint support. Excel users can now adjust multiple rows or columns at the same time using the new AutoFit feature on both the iPad and desktop versions. PowerPoint has received a new SmartGuides feature that helps users align objects as they move them around their slides. All three apps have also received bug fixes and stability improvements.
The AirPrint feature does not require an Office 365 subscription, but a subscription is required to create and edit documents on all three apps. An Office 365 Personal subscription is now available for $69.99 a year, or $6.99 a month through Microsoft's Online Store. A Personal subscription can be used with one tablet and one additional computer.
Microsoft could be releasing an iOS version of its popular Office suite later this year. A source at BGR echoes previous reports that an Office app for iOS devices is in the works. Microsoft denied last year's rumors, despite leaked photos of the iPad app in action.
The latest information indicates that Microsoft plans to launch the mobile office suite in November. This comes just one month after Apple is widely expected to release the sixth generation iPhone this October. The source at BGR claims to have already seen the Office app running on an iPad.
Microsoft is developing an iPad version of its popular Office suite for release sometime in 2012. According to a report in The Daily, the apps would likely be comparable in price to Apple's competing products Pages, Keynote and Numbers selling for $10 each.
Apple's productivity tools are designed to optimize use of the iPad touch screen, with redesigned menus and functionality for editing presentations, spreadsheets and text documents on the mobile device. With the iPad dominating tablet market share, it seems Microsoft is jumping into the fray to get a piece of the action.