Microsoft Readies Office for iPad Pro
The iPad Pro won't ship until November, but Microsoft is already preparing for Apple's productivity-focused tablet.On Sept. 9, Apple unveiled the iPad Pro, along with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, all running iOS 9, during a media event in San Francisco. About a half an hour into the presentation, Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office, took the stage to briefly show off the Office experience on the iPad Pro and with Apple's new stylus, the Pencil. "At Microsoft, we're focused on reinventing productivity to help people do their best work anywhere they're working," he said. "And today, more than ever, we are supporting Microsoft Office on Apple platforms." What followed was a live demonstration of Word's new inking support, multitasking with Word and Excel, and PowerPoint's shape recognition technology, which converts scribbles into polished graphical objects like arrows, circles and roughly 20 other object types. Koenigsbauer concluded the demo by asserting that Microsoft believes "that bringing together the iPad Pro with Microsoft Office—the ink, the multitasking capabilities—will really transform the way people work on these kinds of devices." Over at Office Blogs, the Office group went into further detail on what Microsoft has in store for its Office apps when iOS 9 and the iPad Pro arrive.
Building off iOS 9's multitasking capabilities, Outlook will automatically launch the Word, Excel or PowerPoint app right next to the email client when users tap the corresponding attachment. "While you edit the Word document, you can still view the email message. After your edits are made, tap the back button in Word and the document will be attached to a new email message in Outlook, ready to be sent," blogged the Office Team.