3. File Management
Even though iOS doesn't provide visibility into the file system on the iPad, that doesn't mean that the user must be subject to obliqueness when it comes to identifying, naming and deleting documents. It has always seemed to me that the opacity of the iOS file system has always led developers, at least on the apps I've used, to do a less than superb job when it comes to naming, seeing and managing lots of different named documents. Word has no such problems.
There is a very nice hierarchical system of popovers that handle the sharing, deleting or just removing from the Recents list.
File Manager is very good.
I tried to import a small Apple .mov file from the camera roll as well as my own movie created from the iPad's camera, but the Insert > Pictures function wouldn't recognize them. Looks like we're stuck with photos in version 1.0.
Documents are shared via email or Microsoft's OneDrive. There is no Dropbox support. That's the one area where Microsoft let us down in this app. Dropbox support is just about de rigueur with this kind of iOS app, and just because Microsoft has a competing product, there's no reason to punish customers by coercing them into its own OneDrive. Different users need different services. This is one remnant of Microsoft's old-style thinking, and the rating was reduced a half point because of this.
Sharing options. Cloud is OneDrive, not iCloud.
One nice technical feature, however, is that if, say, you load a document from OneDrive before a flight, it remains cached and you can still edit it. When you have connectivity again, the edited document is synced to the OneDrive version.
Next: Part 4