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.