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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!

Bob here.  I’ve got a Windows 8 phone.  Yup, I’m special.  For the most part I like it.  One of the things that I like to lord over those other commoners is the fact that it’s got Office.  Yup, Microsoft Office.  So, along with my Office 365 subscription I can access all of my cloud-based documents stored on SharePoint and/or SkyDrive.

Yup, I’d be sitting pretty (ok, sitting anyway), using Word, Excel or PowerPoint to edit documents that only moments ago I was editing on my tablet.  Meanwhile my friends (if you can call them that) using their iPhones and their Android phones?  They’d look at me and I swear I could see their tears in their eyes.

It felt good.

Real good, I mean.  Those guys are pretty annoying, ya know?

But I felt smug in my superiority.

For once.

Until now.

Microsoft now has two new apps.  One for iPhone, and one for the Android.

Office on the Android!

Office on the Android!

Office iPhone

Office for the iPhone!

It’s…<sigh>…Office.  Office Mobile for Android (just released on 31 July), and Office Mobile for iPhone (released on 16 June).

Some quick Questions:

How do I get Office for my mobile device?

  • Go to your respective App Store.

Can I Edit my Office documents using Office now?

  • Yup (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)!

Are these full-functioned Office products?

  • Nope, just like Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8 (or Office RT), they have limited functionality.

Will the app integrate with my SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro accounts (without installing the SkyDrive app)?

  • Absolutely

Is Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8 better than Office Mobile on Android/iPhone?

  • Office Mobile comes preinstalled;
  • Office Mobile is pre-activated, so it will function without an Office 365 subscription;
  • Office 365 setup combines the setup of email, Office Mobile and Lync, with a single entry of credentials;
  • Office documents received as attachments in email will open directly with the Office Mobile app, not with viewers that may not render the documents correctly;
  • Office Mobile has support for saving documents locally on the phone;
  • Office Mobile includes searching and filtering for documents;
  • Office Mobile supports opening IRM-protected email and documents.

Is Office Mobile on Android/iPhone free?

  • It depends.  You need to have an active Office 365 subscription that includes the full desktop application.  If you’ve got that, then yup, it’s free (although it counts toward your 5 count of devices you can install Office on).

Is Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8 free?

  • Yup.  And it doesn’t count towards your 5 devices.  Plus you don’t have to have an Office 365 subscription.

Click here for more info on about Office Mobile on Android.

Click here for more info on about Office Mobile on iPhone.

Click here for more info on about Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8.


As author Nick Summers has revealed in this Jun 14 article on “The Next Web,” Microsoft has (finally – after years of speculation) introduced an official app featuring all of the popular Office programs for the iPhone.

It’s easiest to think of it as “Office for the iPhone” though its official name is “Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers.” Hardly the most attractive name, it will likely mean very little to users. The most important thing for them is for the first time they will be able to access, view and edit any file previously saved in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Only available for users with an Office 365 subscription, this means that you still can’t technically ‘buy’ Office for the iPhone. That will come to pass – eventually, I’m sure – but for now you’ll have to climb on board with Office 365, which more and more people seem to be doing. Recently, Microsoft announced they have reached a subscription pace that puts them on target of booking their cloud service at an annual rate of $1 billion!

As a side note, if you are looking to purchase a phone it may be worth pointing out that Office is free with every Windows phone, as mentioned by Alex Wilhem in his article “Hands On with Office for the iPhone.” Complete with screen shots, Alex gives you a good idea of what you can expect from this new functionality.

Given this news, one can only begin to wonder: When will Office finally come to the iPad?