Last month Microsoft released the official Microsoft Office for iPad Apps and they quickly climbed to the top of the Apple App store download listings.

A couple of weeks later Microsoft revealed that the Microsoft Office for iPad apps had been downloaded over 12 million times.

Yesterday, during their 3rd Quarter Financial Results conference call, they said that Office 365 had gained 1 million subscribers in the previous quarter (Jan-Mar 2014).

iPad users, in order to create and edit Office documents on their tablets, need an Office 365 subscription to activate that feature in the Microsoft Office for iPad apps.

It is probably not a coincidence that Office 365 saw such great growth during this past quarter as I am sure many Microsoft Office for iPad users subscribed to gain the abilities of editing and creation.


So now Microsoft has released a product guide to help Microsoft Office for iPad users learn the ropes around their new and very popular apps.

Word for iPad®, Excel for iPad, and PowerPoint for iPad have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel of Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, use your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. Your documents will look as good as they do on your PC and Mac®, and better than ever on your iPad. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. When you edit a document, you can be sure that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone.

Here is the table of contents:

  • Welcome to Microsoft Office for iPad
  • Getting started
  • Office documents look better than ever on iPad
  • A familiar Microsoft Office experience, designed for iPad
  • Edit, create, and collaborate with confidence
  • Made for the cloud and Office 365
  • More details about the apps
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
  • Frequently asked questions

The 28 page (14.3MB, PDF)  Office for iPad product guide is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.