Microsoft Office was left right and center in the picture today for the software titan. In a special press event, the company made official the long rumored Office for iPad.
With the arrival of the productivity suite on Apple’s iPad, Redmond also announced a welcome change.
Office Mobile, the solution for iPhone and Android smartphones that was released last year is now free to download for home users. Business users, companies, organizations, institutions and industries will still have to subscribe to Office 365 to make use of these mobile apps, though.
This was announced on the official Office blog:
“In addition to Office for iPad, we’ve gone a step further in our mobile first and cloud first approach, and like Windows Phone, we’ve now made Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones available for free.
Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go.”
The elimination of the requirement of an Office 365 is a nice adjustment, and should help the productivity suite gain some ground against other competing solutions on these mobile platforms. Office Mobile for Windows Phone, by the way, is already free to download and use.
Redmond has also confirmed that full version of Office for these platforms is also in development. In the meantime, it would be great if they can add support for Android tablets for Office Mobile.