Microsoft upgrade office apps for iOS 9, watchOS 2 and iPad Pro

8 October 2015

While iOS 9, watchOS 2 and iPad Pro are preparing for their debut and warming before the start, Microsoft decided to update corporate package of office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Translator for Apple-newcomers.

One of the major innovations in iOS 9 is multi-window mode instead of roll up in iPad (starting from iPad Air 2). The Split View divides the screen into two parts, so you can, for example, read mail in Outlook and create a reminder in OneNote at the same time. Or, as before, you can display one app on top of another in a “Picture in Picture” mode (function Slide Over).


“Digital markers” of the new MS Office now hold out the promise to take full advantage of the new iPad Pro: pens, lightning, and simple to use a color palette with adjustable line weight. The instrument will simplify creating and the collective work with documents. While using an Apple pencil with an iPad Pro, you can make marks just like you do with the usual pen in a notebook.


Outlook has become smarter – it stores information about meetings, and displays it on the Apple Watch screen at the right time. Also, Translator understands where you are exactly during a trip and suggests phrases on the local language: “good afternoon”, “What time is it?”, “How much does it cost?”, etc.


Slide Over and Picture in Picture will work on iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 3. Usage of Split View will be available only on iPad Air 2 and newer devices.

Recent versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Translator will appear in the App Store immediately after the release of iOS 9, watchOS 2, and iPad Pro.