July 20, 2012, 5:19 PM — Microsofts Office Web Apps-SkyDrive combo are great tools for working online, as long as youre using a traditional mouse-and-keyboard PC. But if youre using a tablet such as an iPad or one of the many Android slates, you must use app-based options such as Apples Pages for iPad to edit your SkyDrive docs . . . or do you?
Even though Microsoft does not yet officially support the iPad on its Office Web Apps, you can still access the online productivity suite thanks to Googles recently released Chrome browser for iOS. Its not a perfect solution, but if you need to get some editing done in a pinch itll work.
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Microsoft is expected to offer broader Android and iOS support for the companys Microsoft Office productivity suite when Office 2013 debuts, expected early next year. Microsoft is calling Office 2013 its most ambitious version of Office so far, with deep integration for online services such as Facebook, Flickr, SkyDrive, and YouTube. And the new version of Office will, for the first time, offer home users Office 365, a subscription-based service for the Office suite.
Microsoft says Android and iOS devices will be able to access Office 365 Web features when the company rolls out its new productivity software. There is also some speculation that the Office 2013 rollout will include a suite of Office apps for the iPad.
But if you dont want to wait for Microsofts official support, heres how to get started using Office Web Apps on the iPad right now.
Show Me The Desktop
This workaround requires using the Chrome browser for iOS. Launch Chrome and sign in to SkyDrive.com. At first, Microsoft will show you the dumbed-down mobile version of SkyDrive, which only lets you view documents youve already created; you cant edit files or create new ones.
But if you tap the Chrome menu icon in the upper right corner, youll see an option in the dropdown menu called Request Desktop Site. Tap that option and youll be redirected to the full version of the SkyDrive site. To create a new document, just tap the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote icons as you normally would.
So How Does It Work?