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 Word, PowerPoint, 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 Office.com. Minimum requirement is iOS 7.
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].
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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