Microsoft Office for iOS adds 3D Touch support, ‘annotate with ink’, and more

Microsoft Word 3D Touch

Microsoft has brought to the fore another update of its Office iOS apps, bringing along support for Apple’s new technology and hardware to give even more features to users.

The company officially updated Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iOS on January 21. Across the board, 3D Touch support has been added for those that use the apps on their iPhone 6s and/or iPhone 6s Plus. With it, users can quickly create a new document, spreadsheet, or presentation with the Quick Actions that are activated with a hard press of the display. There will be options for recently opened documents in each app as well.

The biggest part of the update, though, is probably the ability to “annotate with ink,” a feature that really shines on the iPad Pro along with the Apple Pencil. There’s a new “Draw” tab that is present in the apps, which will let you use the Pencil (or any stylus for that matter) to draw, write, or highlight sections whenever you need.

The update also includes access to Spotlight search, letting users search for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that have been saved.

Each of the apps are free on iOS, and you can download them below.


  • Microsoft Word — Free
  • Microsoft PowerPoint — Free
  • Microsoft Excel — Free