Microsoft Office suite for iOS gets Apple Pencil and 3D Touch support

Rob Attrell

January 22, 2016 11:32am

The release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as the iPad Pro this fall, meant that developers have new capabilities to support in their iOS apps, namely 3D Touch and the Apple Pencil’s pressure-sensitive drawing functions. When the iPad Pro launched in the fall, Apple invited Microsoft to show off Apple Pencil support in itsOffice apps, but until now, that functionality hasn’t shown up in the company’s iPad apps.

This week, the iOS apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint were updated with a whole batch of new features that debuted with iOS 9. As mentioned above, the Apple Pencil integration that was shown off in the fall is finally here, but that’s not the only new thing in this latest round of updates. The newest versions of the Office apps will now let users use 3D Touch Quick Actions to create new documents, as well as open recently accessed files from the home screen.

The new apps will also be able to surface Office documents in Spotlight search results, and selected fonts can be downloaded as needed, as opposed to all fonts being stored locally in their respective apps. This update comes along with the one we wrote about earlier this week, as OneDrive gained 3D Touch and Apple Pencil support as well.

  • Ipse

    I’m by no means an Apple fan or even a very educated user ( just have an iPad Air I won in a contest) but can someone please explain to me why EVERY IOS app weighs in hundreds of megs more than the Android counterpart?
    Mind-blowing…MSFT WORD is 500 frikkin megs.