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.”