Microsoft has started beta testing trackpad support for both Word and Excel on iPad through TestFlight for iPadOS. The trackpad functionality was introduced in version 2.42 of each app and is available through Apple’s beta testing service TestFlight.
Trackpad support in addition to the iPadOS experience helps to provide users with added functionality when editing documents or spreadsheets. When using a trackpad on an iPad, the cursor displays as a circle on the screen, popping up only when users have a finger on the trackpad. The circle then changes into various other configurations when hovering over app icons and text fields. The Trackpad functionality also supports gesture controls, letting users swipe with multiple fingers to switch apps or return to the home screen.
Microsoft began beta testing trackpad support in Word and Excel for iPad
As reported by MacRumors, the software tech giant began testing this month.
“Microsoft this week began testing mouse and trackpad support in the latest beta versions of its Word and Excel apps for iPad. The functionality was introduced in version 2.42 of each app, available through Apple’s beta testing service TestFlight.
Mouse and trackpad support provides rich visual feedback when editing documents or spreadsheets. When using a trackpad, the cursor displays as a circle on the screen, popping up only when you have a finger on the trackpad. The circle then morphs into various other shapes when hovering over app icons, text fields, or other on-screen elements.”
Apple released trackpad support for its entire iPad range back in March with iOS 13.4. iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support was made available to users on March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.
The feature supports Apple’s Magic Mouse and Keyboard, as well as Apple’s Magic Keyboards for iPad, and some third-party offerings with options for both USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
In a time where most individuals are working remotely from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft adding trackpad support for Word and Excel on iPad will most likely lead to a surge in users looking to purchase Apple’s keyboard or third-party options for their device.
As noted, the new trackpad compatibility for Word and Excel on the iPad is currently only available to TestFlight users on the beta. As per the report, Microsoft has previously noted that it would bring trackpad support to Word, Excel, and indeed PowerPoint in the fall of this year.