Microsoft has included printing functions to the Office freemium apps [Word, Excel and PowerPoint] suite for iPad, which was launched in the Apple App Store just last month.
This is a move to fix what was clearly a glaring lapse in the apps’ functionality. But as of Tuesday, Microsoft announced that all three of the apps are now updated with printing capabilities for documents within the Word for iPad app, slides within PowerPoint and worksheets or entire spread sheets within Excel via the AirPrint software. AirPrint is a feature in Apple iOS that allows wireless printing using an AirPrint-compatible printer without installing drivers.
The office apps are free to download for users to view/read in Excel and Word, and present in PowerPoint, but editing documents requires a monthly subscription (starting at $6.99). The office apps topped the list of Apple’s paid apps very shortly after the launch, and the comments section featured printing as the top request.