Microsoft Word For Ipad
An official version of Microsoft Word for iPad isn’t yet available on the market but there are rumors that in the near future such a software tool will become available. In fact, Microsoft has already unveiled just the other day its plans to release on the market a new version of Office optimized for touchscreen use. Such a new Office version is necessary because Microsoft is also about to release Windows 8, the next version of Windows that promises to revolutionize the manner in which we use computers. Just like Windows 8, the future version of Office is expected to take advantage of all the features and capabilities that people are passionate about in the present: touchscreens, cloud computing and, of course, social networking.
What’s still not known is when the new Office version will be made available and if it’s going to ship in a version compatible with Apple’s iPad. So, until Microsoft turn its promises into reality you are left looking for alternatives that promise to make Microsoft Word documents accessible on your iPad just like an official Microsoft Office package. In fact, if are interested only in being able to read Word documents on your iPad, you should keep in mind that such support is natively delivered by the iPad. For example, if you receive on your iPad an e-mail with a Word attachment you will be able to open and read that attachment without installing an iOS alternative to Microsoft’s Word.
If you also need to be able to edit Microsoft Word documents on your iPad, you will have to install one of the special apps available on the market. The offer is not extremely diverse, but exists and is easy to use. A first alternative is the iOS version of Pages signed by Apple. By installing this Word replacement on your iPad you will be able to import documents in virtually any Word format known and rely on using most of the features that Word makes available. The price you will have to pay for the functionality is $10. At first sight that might seem a lot but you need to keep in mind that you will be able to use lists, manipulate paragraph styles, use headers and footers and even import graphics. The good news is that once this app is installed on your iPad you will be able to open and edit with its help Word documents sent to your iPad as e-mail attachments or transferred using cloud storage services such as Dropbox.
Another Word replacement for iOS that you should consider is Google Documents. The only downside is that this second option doesn’t offer as many Word-like features as Pages.
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