Microsoft has released native mouse and trackpad support for its Office suite of applications for iPad.
When iPad keyboard and mouse controls were first released alongside iPadOS 13.4, Microsoft promised to update its Office suite for tablets to support the new input method. Now updates are available on the App Store for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
This means you can use a mouse or trackpad built into Apple’s Magic Keyboard or a third-party keyboard to navigate text, photos, and other user interface functions in all three apps.
The cursor is also context sensitive, allowing users to highlight text in words, resize images and graphics in PowerPoint, and even select multiple cells simultaneously in Excel, just as you can with Office on PC or Mac.
Other new features include revamped home screens and a feature ribbon menu like other iPadOS-optimized apps. Microsoft says it has plans to eventually bring multiple document support to Excel, improved context menus, and offline file support for cloud files.
The tech giant says the new features are rolling out now and should reach all users over the next several weeks.