Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iOS gain sparkly ink animation and more

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

What you need to know

  • Word, Excel, and PowerPoint gained a sparkle animation for inking on iOS.
  • Word also gained a new eraser size.
  • Excel gained a new "Focus on What's Left to Do" feature.

Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on iOS all have new updates. The updates bring a sparkle animation for ink strokes as well as a couple of smaller features for Word and Excel. The updates are available to all users through the App Store.

In addition to the sparkle animation, Word on iOS now has two erasers so users will have more precision when correcting mistakes. Additionally, Excel on iOS will "collapse comments and make open items stand out" when "Focus on What's Left to Do" is selected.

Microsoft shipped several updates to apps this week, including the option to draw with your finger in OneNote on iOS. Microsoft To Do got a design refresh as well as a slight name change that dropped the hyphen from the app name.

Sean Endicott