Microsoft has rolled out printing functionality for the iPad versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps, in response to user demand.
The Word app for iPad has gathered over 500 one-star reviews since it was launched, with many disgruntled users citing a lack of direct printing from documents as the primary cause of their frustration. Now, Microsoft has announced an update for each of the apps to bring this capability.
In a blog post, the firm explained that as well as printing a few other key updates had been added.
“We’re releasing the first update which includes printing (your number 1 request), SmartGuides in PowerPoint, and several other improvements,” it said.
“You can read Word documents, view Excel data, present with PowerPoint, and print your documents with the free iPad apps.”
However, to use the apps in any other meaningful way users will require a full Office 365 subscription, costing around £80 a year, which many balked at, adding more fuel for the negative reviews.
Microsoft also said the app update contains some bug fixes and stability improvements, although did not go into any of these in great detail.
To date, the Office suite of apps has been downloaded over 12 million times, according to the last available figures from Microsoft, as the firm recognises the need to embrace the success of Apple's tablet and meet the need of users working on the go.
The push comes amid strong growth in cloud services from Microsoft, with its Azure platform growing 150 percent.
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