Microsoft Office Sets Up Shop on Apple's New iPad Pro
Get ready for split-screen productivity. Microsoft updates its Office apps to take advantage of the new iPad Pro's multitasking capabilities.Apple's iPad Pro, the larger, more business-friendly version of the Cupertino, Calif.-based device maker's popular tablet, is finally on sale to the general public. Not missing a beat, Microsoft released updated Office apps that exploit the iPad Pro's larger screen size. "As we announced in September, we have optimized Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote apps for the iPad Pro," Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office, said in a Nov. 11 announcement. "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." The apps support the new Split View feature in iOS 9, enabling users to work on two Office files 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," Koenigsbauer said. "Alternatively, you can review an email attachment and make the required changes to a related Word document right away."
The updated Office apps also support the Slide Over feature, which allows users to launch apps in a smaller pane without exiting the current app. "Slide Over provides a user-invoked overlay view on the right side of the screen (or on the left side in a right-to-left language version of iOS) that lets a user pick a secondary app to view and interact with," explained Apple in its developer documentation.