Microsoft Office on iPad gains trackpad and mouse support

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As part of its push to elevate the experience for Microsoft users on iPad, today Microsoft announced that its suite of apps, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint has gained trackpad support.

The Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are now receiving updates to take full advantage of trackpad support in iPadOS to give iPad users using a mouse or Apple’s new Magic Keyboard easy cursor control, fluid navigation, and precise adjustments. When moving a finger across the built-in trackpad of Magic Keyboard, the cursor transforms into the tool you need depending on the content you’re pointing to. And using a mouse or trackpad with iPad for common tasks like highlighting a passage of text in Word, selecting a range of cells in Excel, and moving and resizing graphics in PowerPoint are as simple and intuitive as ever. This experience will be immediately familiar to anyone who has ever used Office on a Mac or a PC and helps make iPad even more versatile and capable for getting more work done.  

Microsoft says that it knows that the iPad is an important tool especially in such time and that it’s updated its app so support the 2020 iPad Pro, iPad Air, and 8th gen. iPad. The company is also revamping the start screens for each of their new apps using the new Fluent UI, which has also arrived on Outlook for the Mac.

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