Microsoft Word

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

** NEW: view, create and edit Word documents for free! Plus: open, edit and save documents from Dropbox. **

The real Microsoft Word app designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Now Word documents look better than ever on your tablet and phone. When you edit or create documents, you can be confident they will look exactly how you want across PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Word has the familiar Office look and feel along with an intuitive touch experience, so you'll be up and running in no time.

The core Word experience is free, including viewing, creating and editing documents. You can unlock the full Word experience with an Office 365 subscription.

Word documents look beautiful
• Images, tables, charts, SmartArt, footnotes, equations are all there, nicely formatted.
• Word documents look great, just as they do on your Mac or PC.
• On your phone, choose between the real document layout or an easy-to-read layout.
• View email attachments and access Word documents from OneDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint.
• Pick up from where you left off because Word knows what you were working on last, no matter what device you were using.
• Print Word documents to an AirPrint printer, with or without markup.

Create and edit with confidence
• When you edit a document, your content and formatting are maintained across all your devices - PC, Mac, tablet and phone.
• Express your ideas exactly the way you want, with rich formatting including fonts, pictures, tables, charts, textboxes, shapes, footnotes, page layout and more.
• Track changes, add comments and work simultaneously with others on the same document.
• Word automatically saves your document, so you can rest assured that you don't lose all your work while you're on the go.
• Simply share your work with others by emailing a hyperlink, the file or a PDF.

A familiar Microsoft Office experience
• It's easy to pick up the app and get started, because it's like the Word experience you already know.
• The familiar navigation and menu options are built for a touch experience. No keyboard required.
• On your phone, the ribbon is located at the bottom of the screen for easy access.

Sign in with a free Microsoft account to create or edit documents. A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to unlock the full Office experience. Qualifying plans include: Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, Office 365 University, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4, Office 365 Government E3 and E4, Office 365 Education E3 and E4, Office 365 Nonprofit E3, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 ProPlus for Students, Office 365 ProPlus A for Students, Office 365 trial subscriptions.

If you don't have a subscription, you can buy Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal within the app. With an Office 365 subscription, you get access to premium features in Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and you can install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote on PCs or Macs.

Office 365 subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your iTunes account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period, unless auto-renew is disabled beforehand. Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal may be disabled by going to your iTunes account settings after purchase. A subscription cannot be cancelled during the active subscription period.



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Accessibility Comments

This app seems to be very accessible. I have not found any unlabeled buttons and VoiceOver hints give good descriptions of what various buttons and controls are. I couldn't remember my password for my microsoft account and had to reset it. This was even accessible with the use of an audio captcha which played just fine in the app. The ribbon and its controls read just fine. It seems as if Microsoft actually made an effort to make this accessible.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

I was amazed to find how accessible this app is. Microsoft historically hasn't made their office apps accessible on Apple devices.

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1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Tangela 6 years 3 months ago



Submitted by Tangela on Friday, November 7, 2014

I love the easy dropbox integration. You just open a file from your dropbox, edit it, and it is automatically saved in the original dropbox location. The only thing I've found to be difficult is that pressing backspace sometimes announces random characters, and not the ones you're actually backspacing. Does anyone know why this is or how to fix it? Over all, though, this is a great and easy to use app.

Submitted by TechTVI on Sunday, November 30, 2014

Does anyone know how to use spellcheck in this app? I am using word on my iPad with a Braille Edge RFB. I have tried selecting the misspelled word (using the rotor) but no menu pops up with "Replace" as an option. in fact, no menu pops up at all. A non-VO user would hold their finger on the word and a menu of selected spellings would appear. But, I have not been able to access this menu like I can in Pages. I even wondered if there was a third-party keyboard that has spellcheck built in and I could access the suggested spellings on the on-screen keyboard using the sh-chord. Word predictions in iOS 8 keyboard are limited when it comes to fixing misspelled words. I like this app, but I need spellcheck. Any ideas?

Submitted by Mike Freeman on Sunday, November 30, 2014

I didn't realize one needed a Microsoft account to ghet this app going. When I fired the app up, I couldn't discern how to do anything even though the screen appeared fully labeled. I suspect this is one of those "Clear Only If Known" situations.

Submitted by Lynne on Sunday, November 30, 2014

In reply to by Mike Freeman

double tap on the feature and then type or dictate your text. the formatting should be applied.
Hope this is helpful.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Friday, January 16, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

It is always a good thing when they mention VoiceOver improvements!

What's New in Version 1.5

• First month free: get your first month free when you sign up for an Office 365 subscription.
• Improved accessibility: Better support for reading and editing using VoiceOver.

Submitted by PaulMartz on Thursday, February 5, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

Is anyone able to fill in cells in a table while VoiceOver is enabled? I can't figure out how to edit any cell other than the upper left corner cell. No problem when VO is turned off, but impossible with VO turned on, an near as I can tell.

Submitted by Cameron Roles on Thursday, February 12, 2015


When I use Microsoft Word for iOS with a Bluetooth keyboard, I can't scroll through and edit a document past the first screen. I can edit the content on the first screen. I do this by double tapping the text, and then turning ff quick nav, and arrowing around and editing. However I can't then scroll the screen, and have the Bluetooth keyboard track where Voiceover is at. If I use the three finger scroll gesture, or use quick nav and use option up or down arrow, that will scroll the screen. But the keyboard then can't b used to arrow around the text, and once you start arrowing, the cursor returns you to the first screen.

Hope this is making sense! Has anyone had any success using a Bluetooth keyboard to edit long documents using word for iOS?


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