Microsoft Office Apps Now Work With the Files App on iOS

Microsoft released new updates to its Office suite of apps on iOS earlier this week. Along with the usual improvements, the latest update for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook brings some new features.

With the latest update, Microsoft is enabling support for iOS’ default Files app, introduced with iOS 11, reports Neowin. Some of Microsoft’s app like OneDrive already supported the Files app in iOS, but with support for Files in apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, users can access documents stored in the Files app. For example, if you have some documents stored in Dropbox or Google Drive, you can open them in the Office applications via the Files app which is pretty neat.

The update brings some other new features to these apps. Outlook on iOS is now capable of notifying users when it’s time to leave for appointments, while Excel can now perform calculations on a selected range of data. Both Word and Excel are also getting updated to include new options such as rotate and resize for SVG images. These updates are available right now from the App Store as part of version 2.12.

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  • Maktaba

    10 April, 2018 - 11:02 am

    <p>The trouble with the Files app is that, however you sort the files, the folders are not listed first, even when you sort the files by Name. Also, many files are missing in search results when using Spotlight Search.</p><p><br></p>

    • RobertJasiek

      10 April, 2018 - 11:45 am

      <blockquote><a href="#261360"><em>In reply to Maktaba:</em></a></blockquote><p>The Files app has endless trouble. Typical example: files in an iTunes folder are not shown, but I need all files there to synchronise them. Hence Files is useful for none of the files. Brilliant stupidity.</p>

  • Maktaba

    10 April, 2018 - 11:06 am

    <p>Windows 10 Mobile also had a built-in Files app, but it was never integrated with OneDrive or any other third-party storage services.</p>

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  • shennna62

    19 April, 2018 - 3:48 am

    <p>The UI of Office for iOS really need to be updated.</p>


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