Microsoft Office for iPad apps are free, but it'll cost upto $120 a year to use it all
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, $80 if you're a student or $69.99 on the personal tier.
For free, you'll be able to use Word, Excel and Powerpoint on your iPad to view documents and for delivering presentations. The Office 365 subscription unlocks everything else, giving you access to the full power and featureset of the applications.
Of course, Office 365 doesn't just give you full access to Office for iPad. The Home Premium version for example gives you desktop copies of Office for Mac or Windows for up to 5 different computers, access to the Office web apps, 20GB of SkyDrive and some inclusive Skype calling. Office for iPad is another of the value added propositions to the package.
Microsoft talked a lot about Office 365 and exposing it to developers, as well as each and every different platform. It's hard to look past the need for a subscription, but it looks as though this model plays an important role in Microsoft's future.
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You now have functional Office Apps on your iPad but not connected to Sky. Email in and out is only option. It works exellent!
1. Awesome deal for those who already have a subscription or who were considering getting one but held back due to lack of iOS version! Adds value to the suit for existing customers and may sway some on the fence to jump on board.
2. Not worth it to me or many people who use their iPads as their main computing device. I realize we may still be the minority, and I do have a Mac and PC, but they only get booted up a few times a year... Therefore the subscription model is a deal breaker for me. Sent from the iMore App
http://www.imore.com/why-office-ipad-still-important-almost-isnt-good-en... For the college student that doesn't have to worry about document compatibility with other users who are using Office, Google Docs works great. However for the business world, Office is still the de facto standard and the having the ability to open, edit, and save Office docs, and have other users of Office be able to use those docs is important. Pages and Google Docs have an option to save documents in an Office compatible format, however the translation isn't always perfect. Further, Office programs still have more features and capabilities (especially Excel) than the free options (macros, VB scripts, etc). Granted, 90% of people don't need or use those extra features. However, for those who do need those features, then Office is the only real choice.