As promised, Microsoft announced that the iPadOS version of Microsoft 360 is fully supported by the trackpad and mouse. These include Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This is another important step in Apple's longstanding quest to blur the line between tablet and desktop and increase the productivity of iPad machines.
Apple laid the foundation in March with the release of iPadOS 13.4. Alongside the latest iPad Pro, it introduced technology that allows a trackpad or mouse to be paired with the tablet, which causes a screen cursor to appear. Romain breaks it down more completely here. Along with the new tablet and operating system upgrade came a new (expensive) keyboard with an integrated trackpad.
Today's upgrade from Microsoft builds on that and offers a desktop-like experience when using the productivity tools on the latest iPad, iPad Pro, and iPad Air. It can be used for standard office tasks such as: Examples include highlighting text, selecting range cells in Excel, and resizing graphics. Things that were possible before but will definitely benefit from an approach familiar to anyone who is used to doing these things on a laptop / desktop.
The update includes a handful of other additions, including a cleaner user interface and reorganized menus. All of them should be made available to users "within a few weeks," according to Microsoft.