Microsoft begins beta testing multi-window support for iPadOS


One of the biggest and most important updates to iPad was iPadOS 13 and the introduction of multiple windows of the same application. Slowly developers added support for this feature and now Microsoft is adding support for this feature.

Microsoft is now beta testing iPadOS multi-window in Word and Powerpoint. Allowing users to open and work on two documents or slideshows at the same time, side by side.

In a blog post from Microsoft, they outlined three ways to access this feature:

  • Touch, hold, and drag a file from the Recent, Shared, and Open file list in the app to the iPad screen edge to open it side-by-side.
  • In Word or PowerPoint, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and open the dock. Then touch and hold the same app’s icon and drag it off the dock to the left or right edge of the screen. Then tap the document to open it.
  • In Word or PowerPoint, access the Recent, Shared, and Open views in the app start screen, tap the “” menu for a file in the list, then tap Open in New Window.

Microsoft has not publicly announced when multi-window support will be released to the public. If you would like to join the beta follow the links below:

Microsoft Word Testflight Beta

Microsoft PowerPoint Testflight Beta