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Office for iPad Is Finally Here, but Requires At Least a $100 Subscription to Do ‘Real Work’

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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.

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