Microsoft enters the Apple Watch apps fray

Tania Cao
23 April, 2015
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Microsoft has been quick to jump on the Apple Watch bandwagon, adding OneDrive and PowerPoint to the much-awaited smart watch.

OneDrive on Apple Watch allows users to view recent photos, delete any unwanted ones, find photos by tags and view any albums directly from their wrist.

Although viewing photos on a 38mm or 42mm display screen might not be ideal, it’s still encouraging to see Microsoft has support of their rival platforms.

The latest update of PowerPoint for iOS, version 1.8, lets users remotely control slideshows straight from their iPhone or Apple Watch. The app lets users start their slideshow, navigate to next and previous slides, see the elapsed time, the slide numbers and the total number of slides at a glance.

To be able to have the PowerPoint remote access on the Apple Watch, users need to ensure their iPhone is running on iOS 8.2 or above. Microsoft is not extending this update to the PC and Mac although that could change as there’s similar Office remote functionality on Android devices and Windows Phones.

With the Apple Watch being the most talked about technology release this year- it’s clear Microsoft does not want to be left out.

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