Plans by Microsoft- the American multinational technology company, to update Microsoft Office for iPad supported and enabled by Apple’s new iPadOS trackpad and mouse features are in place.
Previously, Apple had developed iPadOS 13 which allowed the use of mice for accessibility-only features. However, the version didn’t meet expectations which led to the development of iPadOS 13.4, characterized by full mouse and trackpad support that can be used throughout the system with any mouse or trackpad.
Microsoft does not hesitate to upgrade its several iOS applications with Apple’s newest software features as all hands are on deck to upscale Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and other products of Microsoft. It is worthy of note that both Microsoft and Apple fall in the class of the Big Five Technology companies in the world with Amazon, Google and Facebook inclusive.
The unique iPadOS 13.4 version with trackpad support, developed by Apple caused other developers to hurriedly get their iPad applications update.
As reported by TechCrunch earlier this week, Microsoft is currently working on trackpad support for Office on iPad devices that are “expected to ship in Office for iPad this fall.”
It was gathered that Microsoft has plans to add mouse support to some Office applications by Falls. Nevertheless, the details of this are yet to be disclosed.
Last year, Microsoft hastily outlived iPad Split View for Outlook on iOS; a multitasking feature where users can conveniently open the Outlook application together with other applications on iPadOS and Slide Over i.e users can also open Outlook over other applications on iPad.
Moving forward into 2020, the software company developed a Unified Office Application for iOS- this application does not only merge Word, Excel and PowerPoint into one singular application, it also adds other tools that enable users to capture information in a very fast way. Also, the Unified Office Application for iOS was the wall breaker between Microsoft Office and iOS devices.
The Verge reported that with Microsoft’s plan to still maintain each of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint applications on iOS, these standalone applications and other Microsoft Office applications may have mouse support features to help improve usability and work effectiveness.