What does it take to get genuine PowerPoint running on the iPad? Apparently, just a change of Microsoft CEO. Within weeks of Satya Nadella taking up his new post, Microsoft released Office for the iPad, including PowerPoint. But it’s not entirely straightforward; there are two issues to understand.
Issue number one is that Office on the iPad is available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you have Microsoft Office licensing via Office 365, you get to use Office on the iPad at no extra cost. This is no bad thing – Office 365 gives you Office licensing at a very reasonable monthly cost, plus you get the benefit of always having the latest version. It makes sense that you subscribe to software and can then run it on almost any device you own (up to 5 devices). Riverbank can help you if you are thinking about moving to Office 365.
The second issue is that you can’t connect Office applications to many file synchronization products, except Microsoft’s own OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). When challenged about the lack of Dropbox integration on a Microsoft forum, Matt Elgren, Microsoft’s ‘Test lead on Microsoft Word for Apple platforms’ said, “We currently have no plans to add full Dropbox integration but may consider it in the future. Give OneDrive a try for the fully integrated cloud storage experience.” It’s clearly a commercial decision by Microsoft to pretend that 300 million users don’t really exist.