Microsoft Office Now Free On iOS And Android Mobile Devices
In a move that will pleasantly surprise not a few people, Microsoft is making its Office available to iOS and Android mobile users. Office as you already know is a huge part of the company’s consumer and enterprise businesses; and this latest move by the software giant could be seen as a plan to keep his loyal customers.
In a blog post to announce the new move, Microsoft said it was aimed at helping people use Office wherever they are. “We’re continuing to help people use Office everywhere so they can do more and achieve more.”
“With Office on nearly every device, it’s incredibly important to us that customers have a consistent experience and the ability to do more–anywhere and everywhere. So, starting today, people can create and edit Office content on iPhones, iPads, and soon, Android tablets using Office apps without an Office 365 subscription.”
The company’s new CEO Satya Nadella has been making series of efforts to improve on how mobile consumers view its products and services, which is a clear departure from Microsoft’s erstwhile CEO, Steve Ballmer. Prior to Thursday’s announcement by the company, the iPad and iPhone versions required a paid Office 365 subscription.
“Today is the next step in bringing Office to everyone and on every device with the start of Office for Android tablet Preview, new Office for iPhone apps, updated Office for iPad apps and more.”
However, you have to bear in mind that you still require an Office 365 subscription to unlock some of the advanced editing tools; even though most of those features are suited to business users.
Engadget also reports that the software company is starting the public beta testing on its ‘first-ever Android tablet app.’ The software, according to report is expected to include standalone Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications is however, still in development stage.
Engadget also has it on the authority of the company’s spokesman that the touch-friendly Windows version of Windows Operating System is still in development, but is not expected to be available until next year’s launch of Windows 10.
“Our vision of Office everywhere wouldn’t be complete without Windows, so I’m pleased to confirm that new, touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 are in the works and we’ll have more to share soon.”
Customers can sign up for the Office Android tablet preview, which is expected to be generally available to users early 2015.