Microsoft Launches Office for iOS

Office for iOS Office for iOS Excel

Yesterday, Microsoft released the Office for Mobile app in the Apple App Store. This idea of Microsoft Office coming to iOS has been on the rumor mill for a very long time and it’s about time we finally saw the release.

As excited as everyone must be for this launch, it is important to know that you will need an Office 365 subscription for you to be able to use the app which sucks for the majority of people who just have the Microsoft Office suite installed without an Office 365 subscription. However, if you happen to have an Office 365 subscription, it’s worth knowing that the download of this app does not add to your limit of 5 devices per subscription. You can have the app on up to 5 different iOS devices separate from the initial 5 device limit.

The app performs the basic functions as you would expect, it edits Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents, and offline editing is also available. You can also create new Word and Excel documents from your iPhone, however new Powerpoints cannot be created, hopefully that may be a future update coming. The app is currently only available for iPhones and iPod touches running iOS 6.1 and later so no iPad version just yet.

It will be interesting to see how this app plays with the current competition, the most noticeable one being Google Docs, especially since Google Docs is free and is also available for the iPad. Will you begin using the Office app for iPhone or will you continue to patronize Google Docs, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Engadget

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Paul Ogunlowo

Paul Ogunlowo is a technology enthusiast. He loves testing, playing with and owning any and every gadget on the market. He is a Junior student studying Information Technology at Hofstra University in New York. In his spare time he develops websites.

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