In the latest round of updates, Office for iPad apps have received a number of new features including mouse and trackpad support for Word, split view support for Excel, and presenter coaching for PowerPoint.
With trackpad and mouse support, users can now use precise input when working with Word documents. The app also works well with the new Magic Keyboard trackpad. For Excel, Microsoft has finally introduced split view and multiple windows support, which will allow users to work with multiple spreadsheets, side-by-side
The new presenter coaching feature in PowerPoint allows users to rehearse their presentations and get feedback on pacing, pitch, filter words, sensitive phrases, etc.
Office for iPad gets new updates: trackpad support, split view, and more
Here are the complete release notes for the new Office for iPad app updates:
Support UI Text Interaction: Use the trackpad from the all new magic keyboard to interact with your document.
Use a Pointing Device: Connect a trackpad or mouse to your iPad for another way to interact with Word.
Work with Multiple Spreadsheets at the Same Time: Excel can open two or more spreadsheets side by side for you to view and edit. This feature is available for users who are on iOS13 and higher.
Rehearse your Presentation with Presenter Coach: Get feedback on the things that help keep an audience engaged — like pacing, pitch, filler words, sensitive phrases, and more.
Microsoft had rolled out multiple window support for Word and PowerPoint on iPad in May 2020, while it has been testing trackpad support for Excel and Word on iPad since September 2020.
As these are universal apps for iOS, the same updates are also available on iPhone. However, you will not be able to use the iPad specific features on your iPhone.