What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WPS (short for Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets) Office is an intuitive, well-designed app that lets you create and edit Microsoft Office documents on a tablet or smartphone. It's easy to import documents for editing and export them for storage, presentation, or other uses. Older teens may find this app handy for working on school assignments on the go; since this is probably going to be the main way they use it, privacy and sharing issues are probably not going to be a major challenge (although it is possible to share documents on other apps or in the cloud).
What's it about?
WPS OFFICE is a third-party app that offers extensive access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from a mobile device. It's a helpful way to import, edit, present, and share these documents from a single app. Although other mobile apps like this seem like slimmed-down versions of their desktop counterparts, this app seems to include almost all the tools for modifying Microsoft files that users will recognize from their desktop computers.
Is it any good?
This is a helpful one-stop tool for editing, sharing, and presenting Microsoft Office from the mobile device. It's also visually attractive and easy to navigate. Unfortunately, storage and organization can get a little unwieldy, so this app might be best for editing and presenting on the fly, not for storing files in the long term. Additionally, help text and FAQ text often are in stilted English and offer only limited assistance when users need guidance.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the balance between school and fun. Just because it's possible to actively work on school documents at any time using a mobile device, should you?
Kids and parents also can experiment with the app's AirPlay features for sharing PowerPoint presentations to a projector or to other devices' screens.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android|
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: presenting to others, writing, writing clearly|
|Skills:||Creativity: producing new content |
|Release date:||February 12, 2014|
|Publisher:||Kingsoft Office Software Inc.|
|Minimum software requirements:||Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Requires Android 2.1 and up.|