Apple Offers Microsoft Office 365 as an iPad Pro Accessory

Apple this morning started accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro in thirteen territories total. Surprisingly enough, the Apple Online Store offers iPad Pro shoppers Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions as a recommended iPad accessory.

Starting at $69.95 for a 1-year subscription and one license, Office 365 gives users access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more Microsoft products and services. If you want to use it on your Mac or PC, too, there’s a 5-license pack for $99.95.

Although Apple offers its own alternative to Office in the iWork suite — which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — it has clearly accepted the fact that the vast majority, particularly those who are or were PC users, prefer Microsoft Office.

It makes sense to sell Office 365 subscriptions with its iPad lineup, then. Seeing that Office is available on iPad could convince more PC owners to switch, and making it easy to find — rather than trying to encourage users to switch to iWork — removes a big hurdle for consumers.

It should be noted that while Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and other productivity apps from Microsoft are available free on the App Store, owners of the iPad Pro are required to subscribe to Office 365 in order to use these apps due to Microsoft’s policy which treats larger tablets as non-mobile devices.

Office 365 subscriptions are available through the In-App Purchase mechanism and start at $6.99 for Office 365 Personal, which gives you access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps on both your iPad and Mac.



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