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Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS 1.23.1

Enjoy the power of Microsoft PowerPoint on your iOS device

by Mike Williams

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License: Function Limited Demo
Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone
Requirements:

iOS 7.1 or later

Languages: English, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish , Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish , Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish , Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 July 2016
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Downloads To Date: 257
Developer: Microsoft
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PowerPoint for iPad
Microsoft PowerPoint finally hits the iPad

PowerPoint is one of three apps that make up Microsoft's Office suite for iOS users - Word and Excel are, unsurprisingly, the other two.

The apps have a familiar interface, with the same Ribbon interface and layout. But at the same time, they're not just a port of the regular desktop version. Menus have been optimised for touch; objects can be dragged, rotated or resized with a swipe, and the interface scales properly in both portrait and landscape mode.

There's solid integration with other iOS features. You can use voice dictation to create a document, perhaps, or AirPlay to project your finished presentation.

You get plenty of functionality, too. There are templates, tables,  footnotes, filters, charts, transitions and just about everything else you'll need. Everything is very configurable, formatting is preserved so documents look just as you'd expect, and you can save and share your documents via Dropbox, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

The core free apps allow you to open or create documents, run basic editing operations or save them.

To use more advanced features, though (Pivot tables in Excel, say) you'll need an Office 365 subscription. If you have one already, no problem; you're covered for all the apps installed on a single tablet in addition to your PC if you have an Office 365 Personal subscription ($6.99 a month) or on up to five different tablets alongside your five PCs or Macs if you have the Office 365 Home sub ($9.99).

• Morph: Apply the Morph transition to easily move several objects at once.
• Annotate with Ink: With the tools on the new Draw tab, use your pen, finger, or Apple Pencil to write, draw, and highlight. (iPad only)
• 3D Touch: Use 3D Touch from the home screen to quickly create or open a file. (iPhone 6s or 6s Plus only)
• Fonts from the cloud: Download fonts on demand, when you need them.
• Spotlight search: Quickly find recently opened presentations in Spotlight. (iOS 9 required)

What's New in Version 1.23.1

• Bug fixes

Verdict:

PowerPoint for iOS looks great, is powerful and easy to use. If you have an Office 365 subscription it's a no-brainer, but if not, there are better value alternatives out there.

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