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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad & Office Mobile On Phones Now Free

Saikat Basu 29-03-2014

Office Mobile for Android sneaked into the headlines while the world was watching the arrival of Microsoft’s Office suite to iPad. So, let’s give them each the space they deserve here and in our mobile devices.


Office for iPad

Microsoft Office makes its debut on iPad after a long wait. Many thought Microsoft would give its rival company a miss, but WordPowerPoint, and Excel are finally available on the App Store. The three separate apps come with the familiar Office look with menus and navigation intuitively built for touch; but the look also gives due to the flat design of iOS. The three apps are free to download, but you will need a monthly Office 365 subscription to create and edit documents. You can read and present documents with Office for iPad without a subscription and sync it across devices with the help of Microsoft OneDrive and OneDrive for business. You can go for a 30-day trial at Minimum requirement is iOS 7.

Microsoft says,

Your Office 365 subscription not only gets you the Office for iPad apps installed on up to 5 tablets, but also 5 copies across Office for your PCs and Macs.  With one subscription all of your devices are covered, so you can work the way you want.

Office Mobile for iPhone and Android

iPhone and Android users get to hear some good news thanks to Microsoft’s new-found “mobile first” intent. The Office 365 subscription has been removed and Office Mobile for iPhone and Android is now free for home use. Carry your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint files anywhere. View or edit them on your iPhone; formatting and changes are seamlessly synced across the cloud thanks to OneDrive. Office Mobile is available in the App Store [No longer available] and Google Play [No longer available].

Office for Mobile

Both bits of news should be well-received if you rely on Microsoft’s suite of products. Try them hands-on and tell us your first impressions…and second.


Source: Office Blog

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  1. Steven G
    April 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    When I go to enter in my email and password I just get looped back to the Red start screen

  2. Anonymous
    April 3, 2014 at 5:44 am

    This is so expensive 99.99 $ per year

    • Saikat B
      April 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      I personally feel a flat one-time payment would have been better. But with Microsoft's renewed focus on the cloud, I guess it makes more business sense for them.

  3. Saikat B
    April 2, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Well, the free version doesn't let you create new documents. So, if your requirement is basic, you should be happy with compatible apps. The Office apps have been designed from scratch. It is not ported from their main version, nor is it stripped down. Reviews and reports do compliment the design and usability of the app.

  4. Steve G
    April 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Whats the footprint of this? I like using Office but on a tablet device like my Nexus or iPad I am quite content with using apps that are quite compatible opening Office files. I think this may be coming a little too late but sure, better late than never for something Microsoft first swore was not being developed for iOS/Android.

  5. Sam
    March 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Works on my Note 3

  6. Stijn J
    March 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Office for Android only works for my ZTE Geek, wich is running on a Intel processor. It doesn't work on my Nexus 7 (Qualcomm), nor shows it to be compatible with any previous devices I had in the past (Asus Memopad HD 7 -MTK).

    • Saikat B
      March 31, 2014 at 3:41 am

      Some comments in the Web community are alluding to that as well.

  7. Ken
    March 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I'm sorry, but the "Description" on the Google Play store page should read as "Deception" because it's not compatible on any of my Android devices. I have Two tablets (one personal and one for work) and two phones.

    Obviously, this app needs a ton of work before it's ready for prime time.

    • Saikat B
      March 31, 2014 at 3:40 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Ken.