New look file browsing in Office for iPhone and iPad

There’s a new “File Card” look coming to the Office ‘all in one’ app for iPhone and iPad which shows document thumbnails and other information.

File Cards use the document thumbnails that are in most, but not all Office documents plus PDF files that are stored on OneDrive.

Microsoft says there’ll be support for locally stored Word and PDF documents in the future.

There are filters to show Recent documents (the default), Shared with me or Pinned.

Get to the new view from the Home view then tapping the new ‘Grid’ icon at right.

According to Microsoft, File cards aren’t just for thumbnails, the new view also has:

  • Contextual information (who shared the file and the context in which it was shared)
  • Quick actions that allow you to share or save the file offline

The ‘three dots’ icon opens a familiar menu of additional options like Make Available Offline, Pin and Remove from Recent.

It’s the same on an iPhone

Source: Microsoft

There’s a mention of File Card view being extended to the individual Word, Excel and PowerPoint iOS apps.

Who gets File Cards?

File Cards is first available for Office Mobile installed by some Office Insiders running Version 2.57 (Build 22010600) or later.  It’ll gradually be released to all Insiders and eventually public releases.

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