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Edit Office docs on the goMicrosoft's new Office Mobile for iOS lets you create and edit Office documents on your phone, but you'll need a subscription to Office 365
Microsoft's new Office Mobile for iOS lets you access and create office documents from SkyDrive and make basic edits on the go. Focusing on documents made in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Office Mobile shows you your documents in a list with the ones you've worked on most recently to talk. The icons on the left tell you which type of document you're looking at. Across the bottom of the screen, there are buttons to connect to your SkyDrive or SharePoint. Create a new document and a setting section where you can enter your username so others know when you make comments on a shared document. When you open up a document, you'll see tools across the top of the screen. In Word, you can swipe to read through the document or use the buttons at the top to share. Open a text formatting screen for highlighting and other format options or go to a viewing options screen for looking at outline view or performing search. Editing in Word is as easy as tapping on the screen and type it. When you're finished, just save to SkyDrive and your document will have your changes and be available to edit from your other devices. In Excel, you can view and edit your data with tools at the top and switch to other spreadsheets and charts associated with the project using tabs at the bottom. Just like on a desktop, you can enter formulas for cells and when you edit a cell, the values will automatically update your spreadsheet. You also can quickly a chart of selected data by highlighting fields, opening the editing tools and touching create chart. You can select from 6 different chart types, an app will automatically create a chart in a new tab. With PowerPoint, you can view and edit previously made presentations but you can't create a new one like you can for Word and Excel. Still, you can view your presentation, make small edits, move slides around and view and edit speaker notes so you can practice the presentation on the go. The app has a button at the top to let you quickly navigate to other slides or you can swipe horizontally to navigate to the previous or next slide. To get a feel for your presentation, you also can switch to landscape mode and swipe to view in full screen. You won't be able to create new slides or more complexed actions like adding transitions, but the app will still be useful for smaller edits before the big meeting. Office Mobile is free for subscribers of Office 365 but if you just wanna check it out, you can sign up for a free trial at office.com. The Mobile Office app will work until the end of your trial period. Thanks for watching, everybody. I am Jason Parker for CNET and this has been a first look at Office Mobile for iOS. See you next time.