Microsoft Office for iPad tests Apple Pencil handwriting

Microsoft this week released a new beta version of its Office app for iPad, which supports Apple Pencil’s handwriting-to-text feature, also known as “Doodle” or “Scribble” in English. This feature lets you insert and edit text in a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or Excel spreadsheet using Apple Pencil, with handwriting automatically converted to typed text.

Microsoft Office: a beta for the Apple Pencil

After activating doodle in SettingsApple Pencilthe function can be used by pressing the button Scribble pen under the Drawing tab in version 2.64 of the Office app. The feature can be tested now by members of the Office Insider program via TestFlight, and the update will likely be released on the App Store for all users in the coming weeks.

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Scribble was added in iPadOS 14 for any iPad that supports the original or second-generation Apple Pencil, i.e. all iPad Pro, third-generation and newer iPad Air, fifth-generation and newer iPad mini , and the sixth-generation and newer iPad.

Microsoft’s unified Office application comprising Word, PowerPoint and Excel became compatible with the iPad in February 2021 and is also available for the iPhone. It competes with Google and Apple, which also offer their office software on the App Store.

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