7 November 2014

Microsoft makes Office experience free on iPhone and iPad, Android tablets next

Microsoft has brought out new Office apps and experiences for the iPhone and iPad, as well as a preview of Office apps for Android tablets. Users of these devices will be able to create and edit Office content without a subscription.

“Anytime someone has an idea or an inspiration, we want to empower them to take action,” said John Case, Corporate VP, Office, Microsoft. “With over a billion Office customers worldwide, and over 40 million downloads on the iPad, it’s clear that Office applications are what people want to use to get things done.”

As of November 6 US time, iPhone users can download new Office for iPhone apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the iPad experience, but optimised for the iPhone.

A preview of Office apps for Android tablets brings the Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Android tablet users, who can sign up for the Preview now. General availability is expected in early 2015.

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Microsoft has also updated Office for iPad apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Customers can download the new apps today. The new Office for iPad and Office for iPhone apps are available in 29 languages and 136 countries. The apps require an iPad or iPhone running iOS 7.0 or later. 

The company also presented an expanded look at the new “touch-optimised” Office for Windows 10. Additional details will be shared at a later date, the company said.

For a more complete experience, the full Office 365 subscription includes 1 TB of OneDrive online storage, with unlimited storage on the way. 

More information about the news can be found on the Official Microsoft blog.