After years of working with 3rd party viewers, you can now open and view Documents, Spreadsheets and Slides using MS Office for iPad. Tap the Share button to open an attachment in its respective Office application. The look and feel are just like using a streamlined (portable) version of your desktop Office. That is to say, it won’t have all the same features, but for on-the-go computing it works great.
The apps are free, however, to unlock the full potential you’ll need to subscribe to Office 365. This is the Office via Cloud (aka SAS) and will enable you to create, save and edit files.
I have never been a big fan of editing on a tablet and Word for the iPad has yet to convince me otherwise. I do, however, appreciate being able to view and create spreadsheets while away from my desktop, using Excel for the iPad. But the real winner thus far (less than 24 hours into install) is PowerPoint for the iPad. Now I can display a presentation directly from my iPad to a projector/monitor and use familiar presentation controls, complete with laser pen, highlighter and notes (sweet!)
Presenter View, a noble concept that never really caught on, is much improved in PowerPoint 2013.
Presenter View makes it easy for you to view your presentation and speaker notes on one one computer, while the audience views your presentation (notes free) on a different monitor or projection screen. Now, Presenter View is not only easier to use, it also offers some additional enhancements. The improved Presenter view includes a show taskbar option, next slide preview, slide thumbnails, and zoom!
To enable Presenter view
On the Slide Show tab of the Ribbon, in the Monitors group, check the Presenter View checkbox.
Here’s the hit list of what’s new:
Better dual monitor support and display
PowerPoint now ‘intelligently’ selects which monitor is your presenter monitor and which one is viewed by your audience.
Press ALT + F5 to simulate dual monitor display on one monitor
When practicing your presentation you no longer need two displays. Just press ALT + F5 to prepare a ‘dry-run’ of your presentation using just one monitor.
Presenter View Features
Timer: Rehearse your timings using pause and reset options .
Notes: View your speaker notes (your audience doesn’t see this material).
Next Slide: See the next slide before your audience does.
Pen and Laser Pointers: Annotate your presentation with Pen, Highlighter and Arrow pointers
Show all Slides: View thumbnails of your presentation slides.
Black Screen: Blackout the audience’s view of your presentation.
More: Includes View Last Slide,End Presenter View, and End Show.