Microsoft rolls out redesign update to Office iOS, iPadOS apps

Along with the redesign, the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps now have a new alt text panel

Microsoft Word app on iOS

If you use Microsoft’s Office apps on iOS, you may notice things look a little different. The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant is rolling out new updates to Excel, Word and PowerPoint on iOS and iPadOS.

The primary focus of the update is a slight redesign that Microsoft describes as “simpler, faster and more beautiful.” However, the change really just makes the apps look more consistent. Plus, Microsoft adjusted the interface to make it easier to edit documents when on the go.

Unfortunately, the update doesn’t bring much in the way of functionality. All three apps now have an updated alt text panel that helps users add captions and mark certain document elements as decorative.

Excel also got a few new features, including a new ‘XLOOKUP’ function for finding cell data. Additionally, Excel users can now read and respond to document comments directly from their email.

You can now grab the latest updates for free from the App Store at the following links for Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Source: Engadget


  • Jonathan Lamont

    My passion for tech started with my first iPod and has carried through smartphones and computers of all kinds. Android is my jam, but I get excited for anything cool that happens in tech. I also enjoy gaming, building my own computers and digging into how things work.