So Microsoft Office for iPad has finally arrived. Word, Excel, and Powerpoint apps for the iPad are in the App Store now. It only took Microsoft a little over 4 years to bring the Office suite that apparently is required in order to do ‘real work’ to a tablet they’ve repeatedly said isn’t capable of doing any.
Presumably that all changes now. Office for iPad means the iPad is now open for real business. The 3 Office apps for iPad are all free. But … they all require a qualifying Office 365 subscription in order to, well, do real work beyond just opening and viewing files. Office 365 subscriptions start at $99.99 per year and you can get one via In-App purchase. Once you do that you have document editing capabilities and the 3 apps in their full glory.
There is a 30-day trial for Office 365, and a Home subscription allows you to install the apps on up to 5 PCs or Macs and up to 5 iPads or Windows tablets.
The Office for iPad apps use Microsoft’s OneDrive and Sharepoint for file storage and saving / opening files. The apps also support the iOS ‘Open In’ feature – so you can open Office documents from other places like Dropbox on the iPad.
I imagine hard-core (real work!) corporate types are going to pounce on Office for iPad right away – and many of them may already have an Office 365 subscription so that makes the decision even easier.
I’ve had an Office 365 Home subscription for several months – as it has been helpful as I got back into my old ‘day job’ in IT consulting. So I’ll be testing out the new Office for iPad apps in coming days and will share some thoughts once I’ve had some decent time with them.
What Do You Think of Office for iPad?
Please let us know in the comments what you think of Office for iPad. Is it a must-have for work / real work? Is it too little, too late because you’ve already got other apps to work with? I’d love to hear your reactions.