Microsoft is now experiencing one of the best turnarounds in technology history. The golden child of the computer age became the faceless corporation it was cool to hate. Now it’s in a new golden age, one where it is happy being the back end for everything and where it lives on every possible platform. Its bastion of Enterprise software, Microsoft Office will today be updated across iOS to store documents not only on OneDrive, but also iCloud storage.
The update is due to hit today for all iPhone and iPad Office application users, allowing storage, opening, and editing of all the Office formats. This won’t cost you a dime either, as there is no Office 365 subscription required! Microsoft is allowing free personal use of all the apps along with a number of storage options.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has been happy for your documents to be kept elsewhere, they implemented Dropbox support back in November 2014. You won’t be able to open other formats stored on iCloud, such as Pages documents, but it is great to see integration right into Apple’s ecosystem with a little work.
It is not as complete as the Dropbox support, and it’s not immediately obvious as iCloud won’t be listed in the ‘Places’ section of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iOS. Users wishing to use Apple’s storage will have to select ‘More’ at the bottom, so it’s a little confusing but it’s a step in the right direction. Microsoft is at the top of their game and making all the right moves at the moment.
Office applications along with the excellent new Outlook app will make them a staple on any iOS device. Microsoft really is taking over your mobile. Let us know when your update hits and if you’ve found the iCloud addition useful. How many Microsoft apps do you have installed right now compared to last year? Let us know in the comments below.
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