The iPad Lawyer – Microsoft Office Apps for Your iDevices – 11/7/2014

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe.

I’ve been on holiday. But now I’m back and ready to continue to rock your world with exciting information, tips and tricks for your iDevices.

You’ll notice that I said “iDevices” rather than just limiting myself to the iPad. That’s because my seminars with Apple aren’t limited to the iPad anymore! What that means for you is that I’m going to be giving you tips, tricks, techniques and app recommendations for both the iPad and iPhone.

As a welcome back, let’s begin with some amazing news. If you’ve been to any of my live events, you know that I’ve said Microsoft Word remains the go-to word processing app for your iDevices. The challenge has been that Microsoft only allowed you to view Word documents unless you had an Office 365 subscription (then you could view, edit, create, etc.). Well, all of that has now changed.

The iOS versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have all been updated. And now — you can view and edit Microsoft documents (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) on your iPad and iPhone without the need for Office 365. You will still need a Microsoft Account but there is a free version.

Here’s the Help Page for signing up:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/sign-up-create-account-how

Please note that, in order to use these universal apps, you will need an iDevice with iOS 7.1 or later.

The free versions of the Microsoft apps bring you all the basics you need. If you want advanced features (like advanced change tracking, advanced chart and table styles, picture formatting, etc.). Most of you won’t need the advanced features.

And if that’s not enough — HERE’S SOMETHING EVEN MORE EXCITING — your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps now fully integrate with DropBox. You can read your DropBox file directory from within the apps and open your documents for further use on your iDevices.

For those of you who subscribed to Office 365 for the sole purpose of using these iDevice apps, it is being reported that Microsoft is offering prorated refunds if you subscribed after March 27, 2014 and before November 6, 2014. Here’s the official webpage for more information on refunds:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Changes-for-Office-365-Home-or-Personal-subscribers-who-use-Office-for-iPad-5144f044-9681-46cc-8ebd-5fab07fbbf2f?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

But . . . before you cancel that subscription . . . and I know I’m excited about the strategic partnership between Microsoft and Dropbox . . . did you know that Microsoft also announced that OneDrive and OneDrive for Business users now get UNLIMITED STORAGE?!?!

You can get the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps here:

Word in the App Store — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-word/id586447913?mt=8

Excel in the App Store — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-excel/id586683407?mt=8

PowerPoint in the App Store — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-powerpoint-for-ipad/id586449534?mt=8

Publisher Site — https://office.com

By the way, for those of you who previously downloaded Office Mobile, that app has been replaced by these new releases.

It’s great to be back. Here’s to your continued iDevice success! – Scott

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