I remember when it first came out with Microsoft Office for iPhone. It was actually pretty exciting. There was this thing that for years existed only in the form of rumors and leaked documents. And there it was, finally: the iPhone killer app, ready to download. What I thought. Maybe I expected too much not me, but I came up with the cool feeling. This first version of Office Mobile is a watered gimp program, with some pitiful editing tools and a sometimes confusing layout (imagine having no way of knowing what font size you use). With respect to applications such as Google Drive, it was not so bad, but it was still not as feature-rich as Apple’s own iWork suite. Worst of all, the software has received some updates to features in the 17 months since its inception. Is this what we have waited so long for?
In the end, though, Microsoft seems to have come to their senses. The company is getting rid of Office Mobile and replaced by three independent iPhone applications for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as on the iPad. In fact, because these applications share code with the iPad version, they come with the same robust feature set as well as some tips designed specifically for the iPhone. In short, then, new applications are just the Office of origin for iPhone should have been.
If you’ve spent time with Office for iPad (or if you’ve read my review), you will notice right away that the new iPhone applications generally have the same interface as the version of the tablet. The icons are the same as the layout of the home, where you can create new documents, view recent files or search represents any storage you may be related screen. Speaking of the way, while you need a OneDrive both Microsoft SharePoint account to open or something stored in the cloud, you now have the ability to connect to your Drop box account as well. It is a brilliant solution when you think about it: Dropbox does not have built-in desktop tools like Google or One Drive Drive, and bulletproof pending Microsoft took not support enough storage services. Everybody wins, especially the users.
It would also be a good time to talk about the performance. In particular, I like how fast my iPhone 6 toggles between standard reflow and views – in this sense, it really is not like switching between mobile sites and office! In general, also, the three applications sensitive sensation. Which is not surprising, really – Office for iPad works strongly, as Office 2013 on the desktop, for that matter. All desktop applications that I used recently were quick.