About Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

Office for iPad Now Offers Monthly Subscriptions Via In-App Purchase

Office for iPad Monthly Subscription

Some good news today for anyone who wants to use Microsoft Office on the iPad: Microsoft are now offering monthly subscriptions to Office 365, directly within the Office for iPad apps via In-App purchase.

So instead of just one option to buy a year’s subscription to Office 365 at $99.99 in order to use the apps, now you can opt for a monthly subscription plan starting at $6.99 per month.

The two Office 365 subscription plans you can choose from are Office 365 Personal at $6.99 per month and Office 365 Home at $9.99 per month. The Personal plan allows for Office 365 use on one Mac or PC and one tablet device; while the Home plan allows for 5 PCs or Macs and 5 tablets.

Here’s a little excerpt from the Office Blogs post on these new subscription plans:

As we continue to bring Microsoft Office to all platforms and devices, it’s important for customers to manage their Office 365 subscription—easily and on the go. You asked for more flexibility in signing up for Office 365 subscriptions on iPad. So starting today, you can buy a monthly subscription to Office 365 from within Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad. You can choose between Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home. Office 365 Personal is designed to help individuals who want to use Office on one PC or Mac and one tablet, while Office 365 Home is for households with up to five PCs or Macs, plus five tablets.

It took Microsoft an awfully long time to bring Office to the iPad; it’ good to see them now making it a little easier to pay for a required subscription for it – even though opting for the monthly plan adds up to a bigger total cost for the year.

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iPad Funnies: Jimmy Kimmel Gives Us First Video of the Big new 13-inch iPad in Action

Oh well. I was a little on the fence about whether the (much) larger iPad would work for me. Now I’m thinking it’s a big NO.

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Deals: X-Presenter Smart Mobile Presenter: Run Your Presentation Right from Your Smartphone – at 50% Off

X-Presenter Smart

Today’s featured deal is a very slick looking presentation add-on to use with an iPhone or Android smartphone – the Satechi X-Presenter Smart Mobile Presenter at 52% off. So its on offer for just $23.99, rather than its standard price of $50.

Here’s some detail on the X-Presenter and its top features:


The Satechi X-Presenter Smart Mobile Presenter converts your iPhone into a complete presentation controller. Now you can start and stop presentations, forward and backtrack slides, or even turn the screen black to focus attention back on the speaker.

X-Presenter SMART is a free and complete presentation app that allows you to control onscreen presentation programs including PowerPoint and Keynote.

With amazing app features like Mouse Mode, the smartphone screen acts as a touchpad to move the mouse cursor, click on links, right-click, and scroll up and down.

  • X-Presenter app allows you to control onscreen presentation software including PowerPoint and Keynote
  • Control your computer’s mouse with the app’s Mouse Mode function
  • Built-in red laser pointer to help your audience focus on key points of your presentation
  • Stylus touch pen doubles as a storage compartment for the X-Pointer laser
  • Pen also includes a rubber phone jack plug to attach the laser to your iPhone when not in use

To see lots more detail including a demo video, and to place an order check out this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad Art: Dark Side

Dark Side iPad painting

Our featured iPad painting for this end of summer Sunday is titled ‘Dark Side’ – and it’s definitely a striking image that evokes those words.

It’s the work of Álvaro Tajada Portalo, created with the ArtStudio for iPad app.

I’ve only just discovered the iPad artwork of Álvaro Tajada Portalo,as he’s shared several powerful war and battle themed images to our iPad Insight Flickr group.

You can see more of Tajada Portalo’s artwork at his Flickr stream.

And if you’re at all curious about the amazing paintings that are being created on the iPad, take a look at our own iPad Art section too.

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iPad App of the Week: Quora

Quora for iPad

Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.

This week’s pick is Quora, the brand new iPad version of the iOS app for one of the web’s best question and answer sites. Quora is a place where you’ll see answers to in-depth questions on just about any topic under the sun answered by real experts and members of the Quora community.

The folks who run Quora are obviously excited about this new iPad version – they’ve even called it ‘the best reading experience on Quora’ in their blog post announcing Quora for iPad.

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Deals: The Rebel Photographer Giveaway – Win A Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera & The Fantastic Photography E-Learning Bundle

Featured this weekend in iPad Insight Deals is a giveaway contest that should grab the attention of any photography buffs here, or even just any of you who fancy a camera that’s a big step up from your iPhone or Android smartphone. It’s the Rebel Photographer Giveaway, it’s free to enter the contest, and here’s […]

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iPad Art: Voice of Night

Today’s featured iPad painting is yet another instant favorite from Deborah McMillion, aka Hotel Midnight. This one is titled ‘Voice of Night’ and is accompanied by these words: Why look to the dark as a sinister thing. Why look at sinister as anything more than just left. A day without sunshine is just the night! […]

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Notable New iPad Apps – Ancient Battle: Hannibal

Another great-looking strategic war game title has hit the iPad App Store this week. It’s called Ancient Battle: Hannibal, and of course it’s centered around Hannibal’s legendary battles against Rome in the Punic Wars. The game is from Hunted Cow Studios, who have already brought a number of excellent strategic war games to the iPad, […]

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