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Microsoft has announced that MS Office would now be available to iPad, a clear acceptance of the popularity of iPad and iPhone devices.
The announcement was made by Satya Nadella, days after he was appointed as the CEO of the company.
The Office suite includes separate apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and is already available on the App Store.
The three Office apps will be free to download and will allow reading and presenting without the need to subscribe to Office 365. A subscription will also enable editing features.
Nadella said the vision with MS Office 365 was to make sure that a billion users could access it from any device and not only from a Windows device.
The Office apps feature an interface similar to the Windows and Mac versions but have been optimised for a touchscreen. The Office for iPad apps offer advanced features including full file compatibility with desktop versions, support for re-flowing, and formatting.
Microsoft has been criticized for not bringing Office, which is arguably the most popular software made by the company, to iPad.
Everything doesn’t seem to be smooth for Microsoft. Unlike on the computers, where users have not been exposed to other productivity suites, iPad and Android tablet users have learned to live with other apps. This will pose problems for Microsoft because many users may not like to pay the hefty fee for Office 365 when they can get a basic productivity app for free or for less than $5.
Priced at $6.99 a month, the Office 365 Personal subscription service provides access to the Office 2013 applications and is valid for just one computer and one tablet. .
The $9.99-per-month Office 365 Home Premium subscription allows users to use the service across up to five PCs/Macs and five mobile devices.
In India, Office 365 subscription for Home Premium version costs Rs 420 per month or Rs 4,199 per year. It is also worth pointing out that Microsoft still doesn’t offer touch optimized, Modern UI version of Office for Windows tablets.