Microsoft Office for iPad will get printing ability in future update

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Microsoft Office for iPad is a pretty full featured product – now it's finally here – but it turns out it has no native printing functionality. However, that won't be forever. In 2014 printing documents onto paper may feel antiquated, but for many regular Office users it's all part of the experience. And according to PCWorld, Office for iPad will get this and more in future updates:

When asked for comment, Microsoft representatives implied that printing would be added in the future—and that printing was perhaps not all that common for iPad users.

“Office for iPad was designed from the ground up for the iPad and for the productivity scenarios that an iPad is well suited for,” the company said in a statement. “For example, delivering a PowerPoint presentation, reviewing and annotating a Word document or making changes to a financial analysis in Excel."

PCWorld goes on to highlight that many of the early reviews of Office for iPad didn't even notice the lack of printing. Speaking personally, I can't remember the last time I even turned my printer on. It's sat gathering dust.

So if you're missing it, you'll get it at some point. And that's good to know. Are you one of those people?

Source: PCWorld

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Microsoft Office for iPad will get printing ability in future update


Yes I am one of those people ! I print with pages wirelessly all the time using my ipad. I was wondering if there was a way to do it with office for iOS. Hopefully I don't have to wait too long but Pages serves me well until then.

Office 365 Home edition is a service which allows you to use the three apps (W,E,P) on a Mac/PC. Just print from there. That's all there is to it.

The service works also via a virtual terminal on your favorite Web browser. Just print from there too. On Mac/PC at least.

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Your suggestion completely defeats the purpose of printing from an iPad. If I wanted to print from my MacBook, I wouldn't have touched my iPad in the first place.

Huge oversight IMHO. I'm still subscribing to 365 though.

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I think equally as important as being able to print, why has Microsoft not given us the ability to save or export files as PDFs. I would use that more often than printing.

They likely want to keep files in *their* format because that maximizes their importance within office type products.

Because AirPrint is such a new technology, no wonder that Microsoft wasn't ready to support it at the get-go. [sarcasm off]

Give Microsoft a break Peter. If they had to provide support for AirPrint, Office for iPad would have taken another 5 years to develop. Maybe with their self confessed freemium model, they could add AirPrint ability and export to PDF as in app purchases. [sarcasm off]

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If you save and email the document to yourself, then you can open it up and save it.

Printing is a must have, either to proof-read or make copies of documents intended for presentation to a larger audience. Although I understand MS will offer this "in the future", sooner, rather than later, would be appreciated.