Along with today's big Microsoft Office for iPad announcement comes news of a special promotion offering a year's free Office 365 access to iPad owners. There are a couple of caveats, however, which include limited availability and the small detail that you need to go to a Microsoft retail store to claim it.
So, it's finally happened. Microsoft Office is finally on the iPad after Microsoft formally introduced it at an event today. Office is one of those packages that some absolutely live in, and it's still one of the very best at what it does. As the iPad has grown in popularity over the years, Office has been noticably absent. But now that it's here, will you be getting it?
Microsoft Office for iPad was the big news out of todays press event in San Francisco, but there were also some interesting looking developer tools discussed. For example, Microsoft showed off Office 365 single sign-on, using it with Docusign to access your cloud documents from within a third-party application.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about why it took the company so long to release Office for iPad. Nadella said that they had been working on the iPad version of their productivity suite for some time, but they wanted to make sure they got all of the elements just right.
On the back of today's Microsoft Office for iPad announcement, it's sibling app for the iPhone has gone free. When it launched you required an Office 365 subscription to use it, but as of today it's completely free for home use. Business users will still require an Office 365 subscription to create and manage documents.
The big Microsoft Office for iPad news is that it's here – today – and that it's completely free to download. But to use the full featureset you'll be required to have an Office 365 subscription which at present costs upto $120 a year, or $80 if you're a student.
Microsoft Office for iPad is real, official, and coming our way! Announced at an event in San Francisco, the long wait is finally at an end. And it's coming to an end today, at 2PM EDT, 11AM PDT. For free... with an Office 365 subscription
Today out in San Francisco, Microsoft is throwing a little event that we're expecting will see the introduction of Office for iPad. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, will be taking the stage to talk about the "intersection of cloud and mobile" and so Office might not be the only thing we hear about today.
After recent speculation, tomorrow, March 27, may finally see the long awaited introduction of Microsoft Office for iPad. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, will be in San Francisco delivering an event that will also be broadcast online where it's expected the formal announcement will be made.