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Free Microsoft Word App Works with VoiceOver

Microsoft Word app icon

The new version of the Microsoft Word app is free from iTunes and allows users to view, create and edit Word documents, as well as open, edit and save documents from Dropbox.  This app is designed for both the iPhone and the iPad.

AppleVis offers a review of the accessibility. Users report that VoiceOver reads the buttons, etc. and we would like to hear from people who are using it with this app.

Comments

What's the best word processing app?

Posted by Diane Brauner

I am excited to see more options and increased accessibility - not to mention that Microsoft Word is now a "free" app!
 
VoiceOver does work seem to read the buttons, etc. in Microsoft Word.  I would love to hear more from VoiceOver users who regularly use Microsoft Word on the iPad - especially teachers/students in the k-12 classrooms.
 
My initial look at Microsoft Word with the RBD (APH 18 Refreshabraille) - the braille only moves when you use the panning button.  The braille does not sync when you drag your finger.  (This is currently an issue with Pages in iOS 7 and 8.)  Many of the braille commands and BTK commands do not seem to be working (such as scrolling to the next page).  Can anyone confirm?
 
How does the layout work for students in the classroom?  The core Apple apps have the Tool bar at the top and the layout is either full screen (Pages) or one-third, two-thirds (Mail, Dropbox, etc.)  The layout on Microsoft Word is in columns meaning that the tool bar goes up/down the left side.  When you go into Dropbox and have folders/subfolders, the layout adds additional columns to the right. So the columns from left to right in Dropbox will be: the tool bar is in the far left, then the main folders, then sub folders under the selected folder, then documents within the selected subfolder. . . 
 
I am very interested in a discussion about the best word document app for the iPad.  There are apps out there that are improving; there are also issues with these apps.  
 
I am specifically interested in the accessibility of using all the RBD and BTK keyboard commands that students need in the mainstream classrooms - selecting, copying, pasting, editing, navigating commands.  How do other word processing apps compare?
  • Pages
  • Microsoft Word
  • Google Docs
  • Notability
  • iA Writer
  • Others?
 
Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
 
Diane

Previous comments for Free Microsoft Word App Works with VoiceOver

Diane Brauner commented on November 11, 2014
I am excited to see more options and increased accessibility - not to mention that Microsoft Word is now a "free" app!
 
VoiceOver does work seem to read the buttons, etc. in Microsoft Word.  I would love to hear more from VoiceOver users who regularly use Microsoft Word on the iPad - especially teachers/students in the k-12 classrooms.
 
My initial look at Microsoft Word with the RBD (APH 18 Refreshabraille) - the braille only moves when you use the panning button.  The braille does not sync when you drag your finger.  (This is currently an issue with Pages in iOS 7 and 8.)  Many of the braille commands and BTK commands do not seem to be working (such as scrolling to the next page).  Can anyone confirm?
 
How does the layout work for students in the classroom?  The core Apple apps have the Tool bar at the top and the layout is either full screen (Pages) or one-third, two-thirds (Mail, Dropbox, etc.)  The layout on Microsoft Word is in columns meaning that the tool bar goes up/down the left side.  When you go into Dropbox and have folders/subfolders, the layout adds additional columns to the right. So the columns from left to right in Dropbox will be: the tool bar is in the far left, then the main folders, then sub folders under the selected folder, then documents within the selected subfolder. . . 
 
I am very interested in a discussion about the best word document app for the iPad.  There are apps out there that are improving; there are also issues with these apps.  
 
I am specifically interested in the accessibility of using all the RBD and BTK keyboard commands that students need in the mainstream classrooms - selecting, copying, pasting, editing, navigating commands.  How do other word processing apps compare?
  • Pages
  • Microsoft Word
  • Google Docs
  • Notability
  • iA Writer
  • Others?
 
Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
 
Diane