Microsoft has just released an iPhone app for Office 365, its subscription-based online office and software plus services suite.
It’s not the Microsoft Office app that we’ve all been waiting for. Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers (that’s the name of the app, we’re not making it up) will allow users to access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents on the go.
Microsoft says that documents will look like the originals thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. It also won’t lose formatting if you edit or add comments to a comment.
Here’s the list of key features according to the App Store:
Access documents from virtually anywhere:
- Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents that are stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, or SharePoint.**
- Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
- Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.
Office documents look stunning:
- Great-Looking Documents – Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
- Optimized for phone – Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been optimized for the small screen of your phone.
- Resume Reading – When opening a Word document from SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
- Presentation Views – The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.
Make quick edits and share:
- Edit – You can make quick edits to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
- Documents Remain Intact – Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
- Edit While Offline – Your device doesn’t have to be continuously connected to the network to work on an Office document that is stored online. You can view and edit recently used documents even while you’re offline. Your changes will be saved online when your device reconnects to the network or to Wi-Fi.
- Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
- Comments – You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.
- Share – When you’re done with your edits or comments, simply send the document in email or save it to SkyDrive or SharePoint.
The iPhone app is available for free in the App Store. However, you’ve to be an Office 365 subscriber to be able to use the app. You can buy the Office 365 subscription for $99 via in-app purchase.
It seems like a strange decision to launch an iPhone app and not an iPad app, but it is possible that Microsoft didn’t release an iPad app due to its ongoing Windows 8 tablet vs iPad ad campaign, in which it claims that Windows Microsoft Office is not available on the iPad.
The app also seems to be available only in the U.S. App Store currently. It’s not clear if Microsoft plans to launch it only in the U.S currently or it is taking time to propagate to other App Stores. Let us know if it is available in your country.