Microsoft Office for iPad, iPhone and Android is now free

Microsoft have announced that it will allow iPad, iPhone and Android users to use its Office applications for free.

The company announced today that customers on any mobile or tablet device can now create and edit Office documents without a Office 365 subscription.

The surprising  announcement marks  a dramatic shift in strategy for Microsoft. The aim seems to be to get more people using Office on mobile, without damaging  sales of the traditional desktop pc/mac versions of the software. It also seems to be directly targeting the google apps product, which up until now has been a popular web based office suite product.

Anytime someone has an idea or an inspiration, we want to empower them to take action,” said John Case, corporate vice president, Office, Microsoft.

With over a billion Office customers worldwide, and over 40 million downloads on the iPad, it’s clear that Office applications are what people want to use to get things done.”

The free update adds standalone Word, Excel, and Powerpoint apps that replace the all encompassing Microsoft Office app. Users still using the older app will be prompted to download the new separate apps whenever they access it.

Paid subscribers to Office 365 will benefit from several advantages, including access to premium features such as tracking changes in Word, pivot tables in Excel and the presenter view in PowerPoint. They will also get unlimited OneDrive storage, Dropbox integration and 60 Skype world calling minutes per month.

(Android users can access a preview program, however the app will not be in general availability until early 2015)

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