Microsoft has unveiled a series of new Office apps for the iPad, making their iconic office suite available on iPad for the first time. This includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The preexisting Microsoft Office Mobile app for iPhone has also been made entirely free, so that you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. The trio of new apps for iPad are free as well, but only have limited options. You can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint, but you can’t edit files without a subscription to Office 365, which costs £6.99/$7.99 per month – £79.99/$99.99 in total. While this is a hefty in-app purchase, it makes the full office suite available on all platforms and to multiple users with access available across five different PCs and Macs or tablets and phones.
“Today is the first step on a journey to make this a great innovation vector for all of Microsoft” said Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, at the launch event for the new Office for iPad apps in San Francisco. Nadella outlined his vision for making the company the master of programs offered in the cloud no matter what platform users choose. He built on comments he has made previously that Microsoft will develop key software for mobile devices regardless of whether they run on iOS, Android or Windows.
Though rumours have abounded for years about Office coming to iPad, Microsoft has held out for years, preferring to use the software suite as a key selling point for Windows 8 tablets and its own line of Surface tablet computers. However, as those tablets have struggled to sell compared to iPads and other tablets, the company has changed tack.
All three apps are available to download from iTunes now: