Microsoft’s launch of Office for iPad came with a lukewarm reception. Even though the apps do a great job in bringing productivity to the iPad, you can’t really use them for free, and the paid subscription is definitely non-realistic for the average person. Aside from that, the apps were met with some criticism because they lacked certain key features necessary to actually make the iPad a productivity tablet, and Microsoft has decided to address them today.
Microsoft has just updated Office for iPad with printing support, aside from other new features. This will allow you to use any AirPrint compatible printer, in case you need to make physical copies of your spreadsheet, document or presentation. The other new features are SmartGuides, which allow you to align photos, text boxes, and other shapes in your PowerPoint presentation. AutoFit was also brought to Excel, which is basic in helping you adjust the width of rows and columns.
Sadly the only thing that didn’t get updated is the price tag. At the moment Microsoft is seeing lots of downloads from customers, but very few are actually purchasing Office 365, so hopefully this will allow the company to realize that to pay that amount of money, many would rather stick to iWork for free.