Microsoft today delivered the first update to its Office for iPad suite of apps, addressing a common criticism of the first version of the apps, that didn’t have printing capabilities. With the new Office for iPad apps, you can now print documents using your AirPrint compatible printer.
Your top request is here! You can now print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to an AirPrint printer. In Word for iPad, you can choose to print a document with or without markup. In Excel, print a selected range, a single worksheet or an entire spreadsheet. Of course, you can select the pages or slides you want to print.
PowerPoint for iPad also adds SmartGuides, an easy way to place and align one or more images, text boxes, charts and other elements in a slide:
Microsoft also added AutoFit to Excel for iPad, a feature that lets users adjust the width of multiple rows or the height of multiple columns at the same time, to ensure that all your content is visible.
The updates also comes with bug fixes and stability improvements, so expect fewer crashes, and better performance. In a Q&A session earlier, the Office team had said that since the Office for iPad apps are based on the Office 365 subscription model, users will keep getting frequent updates addressing feature requests, improving performance and solving bugs.
The Office for iPad apps are available for free on the App Store, but you’ll require an Office 365 subscription starting at $6.99/month if you want to edit documents. If the apps haven’t been automatically updated, you can download the updates via the Updates tab in the App Store app or use the iTunes links below.