Free Office for iOS
In a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft has unshackled its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iOS. As of 6th September, iOS users can now create and edit Office content on iPads and iPhones without requiring a subscription (personal use only – business users still require a subscription).
Making full versions of its Office apps available for free is a bold move by Microsoft, and one that is obviously targeted at gaining a stronger foothold in the mobile arena. However, in its official blog announcement, Microsoft was quick to reassure subscribers of continuing additional benefits:
Of course Office 365 subscribers will continue to benefit from the full Office experience across devices with advanced editing and collaboration capabilities, unlimited OneDrive storage, Dropbox integration and a number of other benefits. <source>
And the strategy appears to be working; shortly after Microsoft’s announcement, Office apps jumped to the top of Apple’s App Store charts with Word sitting in the coveted #1 spot under the free category.
Free Office for Android
We are bringing the productivity of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Android tablet customers with the Office for Android tablet Preview.
Free Office for Android is currently only in Preview mode with plans for general availability at some time in early 2015. Eager consumers can sign up for the Preview here: Office for Android Tablet Preview Nomination
- Microsoft Official blog announcement here: More Office. Everywhere you need it
- Office official blog announcement here: Bringing Office to everyone