Does Word & Excel work on an iPad ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by augustya, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. augustya macrumors 68000

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    Hi Guys,

    Just wanted to understand by everyone here how is the experience of word and excel on an iPad ? is editing in iPad using word and excel a smooth process or what? Last what I had read here was people were saying that word lags too much on an iPad so how's the entire experience of using a full fledged Word and Excel document in the iPad. Does it come with same ease and comfort as on a PC?
     
  2. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    Definitely not the same experience as on a PC. But you can do it.
     
  3. Thares macrumors regular

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    I dont have problems with lags on my iPad Air 2. But a lack of functions and comfortable use is the problem. Sometimes I try to continue my master thesis on the ipad but I usually give up after a while.
     
  4. bmclaurin macrumors member

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    I don't use word too much. As for Excel, it is pretty good on an iPP due to its larger screen and more RAM. Spreadsheets appear pretty much the same as they do on a laptop. Recalculation is reasonably quick. As for editing, it's just OK. An external keyboard helps quite a bit. But without a mouse, for me, it's not nearly as comfortable. It's workable bit not an outstanding implementation. When I'm on the go and need to access a spreadsheet, even a large one, it is nice to have the ability to do it, and it works acceptably for that purpose. But when I need to do serious editing or spreadsheet creation, I'm reaching for a full fledged laptop whenever possible. Hope that helps.
     
  5. Robnsn2015 macrumors regular

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    I've been using Excel on an iPad Pro quite a bit the past couple of days. The experience is different due to the touch-first interface, but Excel is fully functional.

    I've also used Word on the iPad Pro. Similar experience.
     
  6. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Agreed Microsoft announced officially last year that an official launch of MS-Office is now absolves for iOS so I have installed word and excel on my iPad where I can only view documents and spread sheets, but if I wanna edit it. What is the procedure? how can I enable the editing option in word and excel.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    You need to have an Office 365 subscription to edit your documents.
     
  8. Robnsn2015 macrumors regular

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    You can get an Office 365 subscription for cheap on Amazon.com.
     
  9. sjleworthy macrumors 65816

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    if you want to answer your question, go ahead and download the software (its free) and try it out.

    Personally, even though i use Excel and Word in work, i switched to Pages and Numbers on my Pro - found them natively much more better apps, easier and more intuitive to use, and, even with pretty large Excel sheets, hardly any issues between loading back and forth between MS and Apple apps. Just the odd formatting or font issue here and there. Nothing to kill yourself over.
     
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    I subscribed to office 365 for the 1TB onedrive allowance.
     
  12. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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  13. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular

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    Should charge for editing on any device to be fair.

    Got to make money to keep developing ... And I want iPad excel to be better !
     
  14. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    Do they let you buy it outright?
    No interest in subscriptions is my thing.

    I don't need endless updates...it's Word/Excel (that I would use)...not Earth shattering, constantly changing type of stuff.
     
  15. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    No, you've got to subscribe. I'm sticking with pages and numbers.
     
  16. Robnsn2015 macrumors regular

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    To be fair, you get 1 terabyte of OneDrive storage plus a copy of Office 365 on Mac for your subscription price. It seems like a good deal at less than $60/year through Amazon. Definitely cheaper than a terabyte of Dropbox.
     
  17. Fozziebear71 macrumors regular

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    I might be mistaken but I believe you can purchase a years access at a time instead of a monthly subscription.
     
  18. Robnsn2015 macrumors regular

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    Yes, there is an annual subscription option. Less than $60 for an annual subscription through Amazon.com.
     
  19. Fozziebear71 macrumors regular

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    That's what I thought. I activated the free month of access that you can get to see how well Excel and Word performs. If I am satisfied with it the annual subscription fee seems reasonable.
     
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  21. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Pay once a month or once a year, same difference.
     
  22. Robnsn2015 macrumors regular

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    Yearly is cheaper than monthly if you purchase from a third party.
     
  23. Fozziebear71 macrumors regular

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    You can get it cheaper purchasing access annually instead of monthly.
     
  24. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    Developing software costs money.
     
  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    It's still a subscription, not pay once and you own it. How often you pay and how much you pay isn't the issue.
     

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