There's now a Microsoft Office app for your iPad

Microsoft Word on iPad Pro
Microsoft Word on iPad Pro (Image credit: Dan Thorp-Lancaster / iMore)

What you need to know

  • You can now download the Microsoft Office app for iPad.
  • This is the first time all of the Office apps have been available in a single app.

Microsoft has released its Office app for iPad for the first time, allowing users of Word and other Office apps to do all of their work from within a single app.

Previously, people had to download the Office apps individually while those using iPhones were able to get the unified Office app. This new move means iPad users can enjoy the same thing.

There are additional changes in this update with the full rundown below:

Office is now available on iPad: We're combining the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps you know into a single, iPadOS-optimized app. Plus, you'll see additional tools to keep you more productive than ever. For example, you'll be able to quickly create and sign PDFs, and transform pictures into documents.Get to Image-based Workflows Readily: Tap 'Share' in the phone gallery outside the Office app, to get to several actions like Create PPT, Create PDF and more. In addition, if there are any recent screenshots when you open the Office app, these are surfaced as a suggestion to covert to PDF or PPT.Insert date, shape, image and notes in PDF: Now you can easily insert date, shape, image and notes in PDFs using new capabilities.

Fans of Microsoft Office – is that a thing? – can download the new unified iPad app from the App Store right now It's free with in-app purchases available for Microsoft 365 in both personal and family variants.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.