Following a round of updates for its suite of Mac applications earlier this month, Microsoft today has announced updates for Office on iOS. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and One Drive are all gaining new features, including drag and drop support and more.
Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iOS all now support co-authoring, which Microsoft says makes it easier for multiple users to collaborate on documents. Previously in beta testing, this feature denotes who else is working with you on a file, shows you where in the document they are, and highlights their changes.
We made it easier for individuals to work together across devices with the general availability of co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iOS and Mac. Now, whether you work on a Mac, PC, or mobile device, you’ll know who else is working with you in a document, see where they’re working, and view changes.
For iPad users, Microsoft has added support for drag and drop to its suite of Office applications and OneDrive. This means you can now move files between Office applications, OneDrive, and other applications by simply dragging them wherever you’d like them placed:
Now Office 365 subscribers on iPad and iPhone can easily drag and drop content into documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from other Office apps or OneDrive.
Support for drag and drop for iOS also enables you to move files to and from OneDrive and other sources—such as SharePoint or iMessage—making it easier to organize content scattered across different apps and services
As for OneDrive specifically, Microsoft says it has redesigned the app with an improved list view showing file names, date, size, sharing information, and more. Furthermore, OneDrive now natively supports the Files app in iOS 11, which means you can access, edit, and save content to OneDrive or SharePoint from any iOS app that supports File app integration.
Last but not least, Outlook for iOS has a new search functionality that “leverages the Microsoft Graph to surface results from your top contacts, upcoming travel itineraries, package deliveries, recent attachments, and more.”
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