Microsoft Launches Office For iPad and iPhone, Including Excel, Power Point

Believe it or not, Microsoft has fulfilled its promise and Microsoft's new chief executive office Satya Nadella is hosting a press briefing in San Francisco this morning. After the CEO discussed Microsoft’s ‘mobile first, cloud first’ strategy, Julia White, Microsoft’s chief of Office Division Product Management, took the stage to formally reveal Office for iPad.

“This is definitely not the Windows app ported to the iPad,” said White. That's not all Microsoft also launched Excel, Word and Power Point for iPad and they are all available for download on the App Store for free.

Akin to Office 365 for iPhone which debuted last June, Office for iPad requires Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription for editing features. The entry-level subscription tier will set you back $9.99-per-month (or $99.99 per year) for a Home Premium package, which buys you access to the Office applications for Windows, Mac and mobile on up to five devices.

A more affordable Office 365 Personal has been announced recently ($6.99 per month, $69.99 per year, limited to just one PC or Mac, plus one tablet), but it’s not available just yet. You can sign up for a free 30-day Office 365 trial and for those who don’t want a subscription, Office for iPad will let you view and present Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations, but not edit the files…

“It’s a beautiful set of applications,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella “That’s our real commitment to Office 365, everywhere.”

Microsoft’s blurb:
Starting Thursday, Office 365 subscribers can simply add an iPad as one of their chosen devices included in their subscription benefits, and can create and edit documents with Word for iPad, PowerPoint for iPad and Excel for iPad.
These apps are available as free downloads from the App Store, enabling people to read and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Office for iPad brings full file fidelity across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone, and along with cloud storage from OneDrive or OneDrive for Business your files are up to date, wherever you need them on whatever device you want to use.
With the free apps, you can read Word documents, use Excel data and present with PowerPoint. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. An Office 365 subscription not only gets you the complete Office apps for iPad, but also always-up-to-date versions of Office for PC and Mac.
And here's Microsoft promotional video:

“When you edit a document on the iPad, you can be sure that you won’t lose any content or formatting,” Microsoft ensures us. Also, Word for iPad tracks changes like its desktop counterpart does, supports threaded comments and lets you easily accept or reject edits, all right on the iPad.

And finally here's some screenshots: 

The apps are now live in the App Store so go ahead and download Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps to your iPad right now.

The apps are available in 135 markets, work on iPads only, require iOS 7.0 or later and support 29 languages.


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