Microsoft has at long last released it’s venerable office productivity suite for Apple’s line iPad tablets and Google Android based devices. Long rumored (and numerous blurry screen shots later) Excel, PowerPoint, Word and a revamped One Note (Microsoft’s note taking application) will finally allow for greater accessibility to Microsoft office documents and the corporate ecosystem.
The software is a free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store respectively but does come with some caveats. While the software is free, it does require that a user have a current Office 365 subscription. This is causing a lot of grumbling with users wanting to pay a one time fee (traditional pricing model) and use the software but it’s clear that Microsoft see the subscription model as the future.
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Your Office 365 subscription unlocks all the features. Access Office documents that you’ve saved to OneDrive for Business and from email attachments.
View, create and edit documents with touch-friendly Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps. Content and formatting stays intact, so documents look great on virtually any PC, Mac, tablet and phone.
Initial testing with our staff shows that the productivity suite has been tweaked to take into account the significant differences in a touch / mobile environment without sacrificing overall functionality.
It will be interesting to see what advances in interface this release will drive as more users find mobile platforms becoming more viable for day to day work.