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Office apps on iOS are among Microsoft’s most successful cross-platform services, bringing the company’s market leading productivity suite to Apple’s mobile platform. Today Redmond has issued a new update for the Office suite on iOS with a small but very important new upgrade that increases the functionality of the apps.

Update version 1.22 now gives users of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint the ability to export documents to the Open Document format. This is pretty significant because it means it is now much easier to share Office documents on iOS because Open Document is a widely used format for numerous applications and software suites.

Microsoft Office packed a big thing in a little package today with their version update to their mobile iOS applications. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all have been updated to version 1.22, enabling the ability export documents to the Open Document format.

Word files will be exported as OpenDocument Text (.odt).
Spreadsheet files will be exported as OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods).
Presentation files will be exported as OpenDocument Presentations (.odp).

Recent updates to the Office apps on iOS have bolstered the functionality of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A recent update means OneNote users can now manage and edit Office documents directly within a note, while also adding the ability to share notifications. Last month Microsoft updated Office Apps on iOS with Egnyte and Learnium integration.

Office is a major business for Microsoft in the mobile space and the company says the apps have been downloaded 400 million times across all platforms. On iOS, users have warmed to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to the extent that Apple is pushing Office as a productivity companion for the iPad Pro, despite the company offering its own iWork suite for free on all devices.