Microsoft has announced some very good news for iPad and iOS fans of their Office suite – you can now use free versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint to create and edit Office documents on iOS devices, with no more requirement to have an Office 365 subscription.
As Apple Insider reports, there are still some substantial benefits for Office 365 users though:
Of course, not all editing functions are available without an Office 365 subscription. Upgrading gives users more advanced functions, including more change tracking features, unlimited OneDrive storage, unlimited paragraph styles, improved chart, table and picture formatting tools, advanced collaboration capabilities, and more.
The updated Office for iOS suite also gives Office 365 subscribers the ability to open, edit and save their documents from popular cloud storage service Dropbox. The basic Office 365 Home subscription costs $9.99 per month.
Apart from being great news for iOS users, I think this a smart move by Microsoft. They were very late in making Office available on the iPad and there are a number of good alternative apps around for working with Office type documents – some of them free or lower-priced than Office for iPad originally was. I like a lot of the moves Microsoft has made since their new CEO, Satya Nadella, took over.
You can see more detail on Microsoft’s plans for Office on mobile devices at this Office Blogs post.