Make Autosave work.
I always work with Autosave on. Somehow, I hit a key that deleted 2,000 words of a work in progress. It would not allow me to undo this, and Autosave apparently never saved anything. Fix. It. Now.
My 10 year old daughter was using her iPad for the last hour to type a story. She was very excited about it, and she had autosave on. She closed out of the app since she had autosave enabled, and she lost her work and time. Not cool! Not making a very good impression with the next generation guys.
As many other respondents have mentioned, autosave has numerous flaws, and sometimes will not be working for hours, costing users hours of lost work (especially with the larger memory capacities of products like the new iPad pro). Acknowledging that doing recovery on an iPad is difficult, Microsoft must do the following instead:
1) Warn users via a prominent popup message when the app is unable to backup for ten minutes.
2) Either convert the file to a local word file on the device, or warn users to stop working on the file and reload the app.
I worked 5 hours on a grad school project in Word for iPad with AutoSave on, having opened the source doc from SharePoint. After swiping the app closed, 4.5 hours of my work was lost. This hurts me, my school team, and now, my family time and extracurriculars as I have to make up lost work. This makes a good case for using Google Docs and Google Drive, both of which are free.
I need to know where is all my work
Autosave should be easier to enable and disable. The top should not say saving, unless it saves.
We just lost 3000 words, autosave is a misnomer. This should be fixed asap.