Microsoft Office for iPods gets mouse and trackpad support in the latest update

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The update comes after Microsoft’s support for iPodos to pull in split view.

  • Last updated: October 27, 2020, 10:28 AM
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Microsoft is updating Office applications for the iPad. Shortly after the company introduced the drag and drop feature in the split view on the Loot iPad app, the company now supports mouse and trackpad for Word, Excel and Ad PowerPoint applications for the iPad. The update comes after Microsoft promised to update office applications for the iPods earlier this year. The Microsoft Office application now allows you to use the built-in trackpad on Apple’s Magic Keyboard to navigate through text, photos, and other objects in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

With the new update, the iPod cursor is aware of context, so users can highlight text in Word, resize images and charts in PowerPoint, and select multiple cells in Excel using the trackpad. Microsoft Office on the iPad will now work in a similar way to MS Office applications on the Mac or Windows. In addition to trackpad and mouse support, Apple is adding more Fluent UI to office applications for the iPad. Word, Excel and PowerPoint now have new start screens and a new ribbon in the feature menu. Additionally, Microsoft plans to bring more than one document support to the iPods in the coming months, including excellence, a better context menu, and offline file support for cloud files.

Microsoft said in a statement that the new update should reach all end users within two weeks of its release today.

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