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      Microsoft launches free Office apps for iPad, iPhone and Android

      Microsoft launches free Office apps for iPad, iPhone and Android - Telegraph
      Microsoft's Office suite of applications for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free

      In a surprise move, Microsoft has announced that it will allow iPad, iPhone and Android users to use its Office applications for free.

      The suite of applications, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, is one of the most lucrative parts of Microsoft's business. During the last fiscal year it generated nearly a third of the company's revenue – about $26 billion (16bn) of $87 billion (55bn) in total.

      Microsoft offers both a desktop-based version of Office, which costs around 110 for the Home edition, and a cloud-based version called Office 365, which is primarily accessed over the internet and requires a subscription costing 8 a month.

      However, the company announced today that customers on any device can now create and edit Office content via the web on their smartphone or tablet without a Office 365 subscription.

      This means that users just need to download the Office app onto their iPhone, iPad or Android device and sign in using a Microsoft Account. They will then be able to view, edit, create and print Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents for free.

      Office 365 subscribers will continue to get some advantages. For example, they will have access to premium features like track changes in Word, pivot tables in Excel and presenter view in PowerPoint. They will also get unlimited OneDrive storage, Dropbox integration and 60 Skype world calling minutes per month.

      However, the core Office experience, which until now has been tightly contained within Microsoft's paywall, will now be available on almost any tablet or smartphone for free.

      “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 move suggests a dramatic shift in strategy for Microsoft. The aim seems to be to get more people using Office on mobile, without cannibalising sales of the PC and Mac versions of the software.

      It is a risky move, however, as the line between computers and mobile devices is becoming increasingly blurred, and Microsoft will need to provide a compelling reason for people to continue to dish out for the premium features.
      Note: For the present time Dropbox intergration is not available on Android, only iOS.

      https://blog.dropbox.com/2014/11/dro...e-partnership/


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      Re: Microsoft launches free Office apps for iPad, iPhone and Android

      Just checked Microsoft's web site and it looks like it's already available for Android. You must have Android 4.0 or later, which lets me out. Because of other apps that don't run on newer versions, I'm still on 2.x

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      Re: Microsoft launches free Office apps for iPad, iPhone and Android

      Been using the iOS as part of my 365 subscription for a while. But now free, even better, it asked you a week ago whether you wanted to resubscribe or use the free one.
      No longer have the 1tb of onedrive space, but 50gb on there still.
      You can still open files with 'Openwith' from Dropbox and save to, just not open within the app, so Dropbox addition nothing to really get excited about anyway.
      But if you have a dropbox business account you can share as you want
      Signed up for the Microsoft trial on Android and been accepted. Probably too late to apply for that now.
      On this MS page, click on where it says sign up for the Android preview
      http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014...ce-everywhere/
      The Android public version will be early 2015.
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      Re: Microsoft launches free Office apps for iPad, iPhone and Android

      Quote Originally Posted by FelixTCat View Post
      Just checked Microsoft's web site and it looks like it's already available for Android. You must have Android 4.0 or later, which lets me out. Because of other apps that don't run on newer versions, I'm still on 2.x
      Sorry, yes the app is available, but the full integration with Dropbox isn't. However lettice has provided the answer on this, thank you.

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      Re: Microsoft launches free Office apps for iPad, iPhone and Android

      Not quite correct.
      The Microsoft office for mobile app has been available for sometime on google play. It was added to work with the 365 subscription model that MS thought would be a great success.
      It is just a very basic dumbed down version to open office docs, basic word/excel creation and editing with limited function and only optimised for android phones, not tablets.
      You can only save to onedrive too.
      The trial is for a full office experience to encompass tablets.

      I use excel a lot for many projects and MS office version is still superior to anything else in use and ease. Word I can use anything (other fav apps from Kingsoft for Android or pages from Apple).
      But the MS office on iOS interface is beautiful and it will be lovely to see this on Android, well especially my Samsung Galaxy Mega on my travels.
      I was a sort of fan of Libre Office and Open Office on the PC (Open Office (a business version) used mainly for many years in the IT industry I was in then).

      But on the tablet its a dream to use, sorry PC.
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      Re: Microsoft launches free Office apps for iPad, iPhone and Android

      The Kingsoft Office products have been quite good for anyone working on both Tablets and PCs, but I do agree that M$ have a better Office product overall.

      I was pleased to see that this app is free and even happier that it can work with Dropbox (even better when it is fully integrated).

      Personally I mostly use a Laptop now, but do use my phone to check some files. Someone I know only has a Tablet at present and she needs to work on an Excel file periodically. She's struggled with Kingsoft but I'm sure this will be better for her.

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