People having iPhone generally play games and strict themselves to the default apps from Apple. However, many iPhone users do not know that the rival company Microsoft offers more than 50 apps in iPhone App Store. It includes the most popular Microsoft Office apps to simple gaming and learning apps. In this article, we will provide the list of top 10 Microsoft apps for iPhone that you can try.
Microsoft Apps for iPhone
Here are some of the reasons you need to explore Microsoft apps in iPhone:
- If you are using Windows PC/laptop or Xbox console then there are apps to make most out of your iPhone.
- You can sync activities across devices when using Microsoft account.
- There are good alternatives for Apple and Google apps. For example, you can use Microsoft Edge instead of Apple Safari or Google Chrome.
You can go to App Store and search all apps from Microsoft Corporation to find your favorite apps that you want to connect with your PC or Xbox console.
Remember, Apple offers two App Stores – one for Mac and other for iPhone. The apps we discuss in this article are for iPhone and may not be available in Mac App Store.
1. Microsoft 365 Mobile Apps
Apple supplies a free iWork package with iOS that contains Pages, Keynote and Numbers app. However, these apps are nowhere nearer to Microsoft Office apps in terms of capability, productivity and compatibility. Microsoft 365 Mobile Apps is a bundle in iPhone that includes Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), OneDrive, Outlook and OneNote apps. Though you need a monthly subscription to use these apps, it is worth to have them on your iPhone.
You can either purchase the subscription within app’s settings or link your existing subscription by logging into your Microsoft account.
2. Microsoft Authenticator
You can use Microsoft Authenticator app for two primary purposes. One is to approve login to your own Microsoft account and other is to use as a multi factor authentication for third-party account logins. When connected, you can simply approve the notifications for login with Microsoft account username/password. Here, your iPhone’s Face ID / fingerprint / PIN will be used as second layer of security to approve your Microsoft account login.
You can also use the Authenticator app to automatically generate a six digit code for the connected accounts. You can use this code as a multi factor authentication (MFA) In addition to your regular password when logging into websites and apps. Many users know Google Authenticator app and do not know that Microsoft also offers a similar authenticator app for this purpose. This app is useful especially Google apps are blocked in your country’s App Store (like China for example).
3. Microsoft To Do
This is our favorite apps that has superior functions than the default iPhone Reminders app. One of the big problems with Reminders app is that it will not sync with iPhone and Mac. In addition, there is no Reminders apps for Windows or Android. It is always a pain to use platform dependent Apple apps like Reminders, Safari, etc. Microsoft To Do is a one-stop app for taking notes, create to do lists and managing reminders.
- Use personalized daily planner to stay focused on finishing your tasks.
- Sync your lists across devices by logging into your Microsoft account.
- Share the to do lists with your friends and colleagues.
- Create reminders and break your tasks into steps.
- Attach files up to 25MB size to any task.
- Sync your flagged emails from Outlook as To Do tasks.
4. Microsoft Edge
Your iPhone comes with default Safari browser. However, Safari can easily annoy you especially if you are using Windows PC or laptop with Edge browser. The best option is to use Microsoft Edge in iPhone to sync your browsing activities across devices. Edge offers tracking prevention, ad blocker and collections to protect and organize your content in the browser. You can also integrate Edge with other apps like Microsoft Family Safety to create filters and protect your kids from inappropriate content.
5. Microsoft Translator
Microsoft Translator is an alternative for the default Translate feature in iPhone or Google Translate app.
- It offers translation over 70 languages with online and offline mode.
- You can translate screenshots, photos or use voice message translation.
- You can connect up to 100 people to have conversations in multiple languages and translate them with this app.
- Read the translated text for you and the possibility to share with other apps.
You can also use the browser extension in Safari to translate websites.
6. Microsoft Teams
Due to Covid19 pandemic situation, online collaboration apps become popular overnight. Microsoft Teams is an online collaboration app for iPhone that works seamlessly for chatting, video conference and project planning. You can create and assign tasks to anyone in the team with deadline and mark them once finished. It is also possible to share files and access shared files on the go with Cloud storage. With the integration of Teams chat in Windows 11, this is one of the apps you need most in iPhone for collaboration purposes.
7. MSN Money
MSN Money is a one-stop app for all your stock market data. You can track the popular stock indices like NASDAQ, Dow Jones, S&P 500, DAX, FTSE, etc. It’s not a simple stock index tracking app and offers the following features:
- Create personalized portfolio of your stocks and mutual funds and track them live.
- Read information and profiles of each company you like to track.
- Get latest financial and business news.
- Get free tools like mortgage calculator, currency converter and exclusive iPhone tools for tip calculation, wealth estimation and retirement planning.
8. Microsoft Start
Content aggregation is the popular way of offering reliable content to readers from different resources. Microsoft Start is the best app if you want to get personalized news, games and other information right on your iPhone. You can search for groceries, look for restaurants and find nearby places all within the app. In addition, you can also play classic Microsoft games and earn reward points to get free gift cards.
If you have Xbox gaming console and plenty of friends then this Xbox iPhone app is for you. Xbox app allows you to connect to your game console and share clippings/screenshots to your friends. You can use the voice and text chat in Xbox iPhone app to connect with your friends who are using PC or console. The best part is that you can play console games right from your iPhone by connecting them over internet.
10. Skype for Business
Skype is the popular instant messaging and video conferencing app primarily used in corporate companies. If you have Skype for Business account then you can use the app in iPhone to instantly connect with your colleagues and team.
As you can see, Microsoft has plenty of apps for iPhone. They are also the best alternative for default or popular apps from Google. In addition to the above listed apps, there are also fun apps for playing Sudoku and Microsoft Maths Solver. We strongly recommend trying these apps and we are sure you will start liking them.