March 27, 2014 – Microsoft has just announced that Office is available for the iPad – specifically, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. That’s right, you can get Office for the iPad at the App Store (for free)! This will give you the ability to view, read and present your Office files. For full editing functionality you will need to purchase Office as a subscription through Office 365. This will give you the added capability of installing Office on up to 5 of your devices!

According to Microsoft, “What makes these apps unique is that they strike just the right balance between being unmistakably Office and being designed for the iPad. If you use Office on a PC or Mac, the iPad apps feel very familiar, so you are comfortable and confident using these apps right away. The Ribbon layout and experience is familiar, with the most common commands under Home, and Chart commands automatically show up when you select a chart.”

“At the same time, these apps were created from the ground up for iPad. The large touch areas on the Ribbon and in overlay menus make it simple to create, edit and format documents using only touch. Resize and rotate objects like pictures with touch-friendly handles. When you hold and move the objects, text flows smoothly around them. No keyboard and mouse required. You can even use iPad features like voice dictation to draft a Word document or AirPlay® to project a presentation wirelessly on a TV screen.”

As if that weren’t enough, Office Mobile is available now for the iPhone and Android phones as well – for free!

And remember, you always have access to your up-to-date documents in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

So if you’re one of the many that have been waiting for Microsoft Office capability for the iPad, this is happy news indeed. Just head on over to the App Store and join the crowd!