How does Excel for iPad stack up?

At the start of the month, business professionals started downloading the first version of Microsoft Office for iPad. These programs were finally released on the Apple mobile platform and, something that the corporate landscape has been clamoring for since the tablet was released in 2010.

While the initial sales did not set any records, they were impressive, and the individual versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, skyrocketed to the top of the download charts. Now that professionals have been able to get their hands on the applications and actually use them within their businesses, was the wait worth it?

Yes it was!

A recent article from The Age IT Pro reviewed the applications and found that they are “immediately and refreshingly familiar” to anyone that is a frequent user of the computer versions.

“There’s absolutely zero learning curve and seamless 100 percent support for desktop-crafted Office documents, with documents stored on the iPad or Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service,” the article reads.

The only drawback is that these programs are slightly scaled back and “power users” could be disappointed. Excel, for example, takes strides back towards its core functions. The task of creating new spreadsheets and graphs, or tweaking an existing document on the go is everything users need it to be. However, more advanced sheetwork will still require a desktop computer.

It is foolish to think the applications would have come out of the gate hitting on all cylinders, but a solid output that has the core functionality in place with room to grow is a great way to start. With the help of an Excel training service, any organization can easily take steps toward incorporating the new platform.