Update fixes Office for iPad’s most critical shortcoming

Office for iPad's number one feature request is here.

Office for iPad’s number one feature request is here.

Today Microsoft released an update to its Office for iPad suite that brings the ability to print from within Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The apps use Apple’s AirPrint to automatically find a nearby printer on the same network.

In the Word app, you can print a document with or without markup notations. There are options for printing only a selected range of cells or certain pages/slides in Excel and PowerPoint.

Some better alignment tools have also been added. In PowerPoint, SmartGuides helps shapes, and text. AutoFit in Excel does the same thing for adjusting rows and column height.

For being so late to the game, Office has done surprisingly well in the App Store charts. It’s unclear how many Office 365 subscriptions Microsoft has sold through the apps, however. You have to pay for the subscription to be able to edit documents.

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