Microsoft Adds AirPrint Support To Office For iPad

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) now has come out with an update that allows Office for iPad to print Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on any AirPrint printer. Using Apple’s AirPrint software in OS X Lion and iOS, users can take a print wirelessly on an AirPrint-compatible printer without installing a driver. In a blog, Microsoft said millions of users downloaded the apps and thousands have sent requests for the printer feature.

“Today (only 33 days later) we’re releasing the first update which includes printing (your number 1 request), SmartGuides in PowerPoint, and several other improvements,” Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) said in the blog.

Users have been waiting for a print feature

Within few days of the launch, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Office for iPad apps landed in the top slots of the free download rankings on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s App Store. An app for printing was the top one demanded by users, and eventually the request was granted by the software giant. After subscribing for an Office 365 subscription, users can use many features to create and edit documents. However, the new printing feature can be used in the free version of the software as well. The monthly subscription price for Office 365 starts at $6.99.

Using the new update, Word users can print a document with or without markup, and in Excel, users can print a specific range, selected worksheets or full spreadsheets.

Other features from the Microsoft update

The update also offers SmartGuides for PowerPoint and AutoFit for Excel. SmartGuides work in a way that is similar to Photoshop’s “snap to” feature, which helps user to make the presentation look better. The Autofit feature in Excel allows users to adjust the height and width or multiple rows or columns at a same time.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s latest update for Office for iPad also includes bug fixes and other improvements. Microsoft might have been late in coming up with the very basic Office apps for the iPad, but the company’s Office Team wrote in the blog that it’s “committed to keep improving the apps,” and encourages users to keep giving their feedback. All the new updates can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

“We’re already working on the next update,” reads the post.

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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at

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