Microsoft has announced that its Office apps will be update for the launch of iOS 9 and the iPad Pro, bringing support for multi-tasking and marking up documents using the Apple Pencil. Microsoft said the following on the official Office blog:
"We’ve developed a number of new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Translator to take advantage of these enhancements. This post provides an overview of some of the most useful new features, including multitasking, inking, intelligent search, wireless keyboard support and updates to Outlook and Translator on Apple Watch."
The Office team talked about multitasking on the iPad, highlighting the Slide Over and Split View features on iOS 9 which 'will help you get things done faster by allowing you to quickly switch between the Office apps.' Here are some more details:
"Slide Over lets you open a second app without leaving the one you’re in. Jot down a reminder in OneNote while you’re catching up on email. Or reference your notes while you’re working on a PowerPoint presentation.
With Split View, you can have two apps open and active at the same time. Copy numbers from Excel into PowerPoint or rehearse a PowerPoint presentation while reviewing background information in Word"
Furthermore, if you tap on an Office attachment in Outlook, it will now automatically open the document in Word, Excel or Powerpoint in a second window alongside Outlook. Thus, presenters can view their PowerPoint slides alongside their talking points in OneNote and also use the Apple Pencil as both a pen and a highlighter.
Another update will see the search functionality being improved. Therefore, when you search for something on your iPad or iPhone, the search results will now also include OneNote notes and Outlook email messages, as well.