Microsoft's Office for iPad wins praise from productivity software users, but is it right for you? We compare the free alternatives from Apple and Google.
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Microsoft Word: Familiar and powerful. If you like Word on the PC, youíll probably be pretty happy with Word for iPads. Impressively, the app is both instantly familiar to users of other versions of Office, yet also wholly an iPad app. The ribbon interface adds surprisingly little clutter, with a clean interface and touch-friendly icons, but offers a deep set of tools. Most tasks, from changing fonts to inserting a picture or shape, require three or fewer taps. Business-critical features such as track changes are not only included, but closely resemble the desktop versions. Office for iPad also backs up documents in the cloud, providing extra assurance. When you create a new document, the app provides easy ways to save documents, either locally or to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint accounts. Once files are saved, however, file management options are limited.
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