Microsoft Office for iPad

Microsoft released Office for iPad today after years of speculation. For most iPad users, this might not mean much. But for those who work in a corporate environment who own iPads, this is kind of a big deal.

Image courtesy ZDNet
Image courtesy ZDNet

When I’m at home, my main “computing” device is an iPad. I like to sit on the couch with my iPad and catch up on the day’s news. Every once in awhile, I have to catch up on work. A lot of my work at the office is done on Microsoft Word and Excel. Up until today, that meant firing up my laptop and logging into my laptop. Now, no more. I can open up documents from my iPad and view them without going to my laptop.

Office for iPad is a free download. The app lets you view Office documents for free. If you’d like to edit or create files, it requires a Microsoft Office 365 account. For those in corporate America, this should be no problem as your company will likely cover the cost of the subscription which is $99 a year.

From the reviews it sounds like the apps are great to use. You can download Word, Excel and Powerpoint from the App Store here.

Apple releases iOS 7.1

Today, Apple released iOS update 7.1. This update brings a few new features to your iPhone or iPad. 

CarPlay:

  • iOS experience designed for the car
  • Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
  • Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
  • Control with Siri and the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and buttons

Siri:

  • Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you’re done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
  • New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese

iTunes Radio:

  • Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
  • Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
  • Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free

Calendar:

  • Option to display events in month view
  • Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries

Accessibility:

  • Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
  • Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
  • New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point

Other:

  • New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
  • iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
  • FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
  • Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
  • Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Improved performance for iPhone 4
  • Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
  • Continued user interface refinements