Finally, Microsoft released Office for iPad today, unveiled by its new CEO Satya Nadella. And you can download Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad free from the App Store, but with a catch. A subscription to Office 365 is required in order to be able to edit your documents. Otherwise you can only use the apps for viewing and presenting.
Office 365 is a subscription plan that gives you free use of Office apps on multiple platforms (PC, Macs, iOS, Android, web), bundled together with OneDrive cloud storage. For home and family, Office 365 Home Premium is available at $10 per month or $100 per year. This plan allows you to use Office on up to 5 PC/Mac and 5 tablets and includes 20GB of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 free Skype world minutes per month. You can sign up for a 30-day trial.
Amazon is quick to take advantage of this launch by having a sale of Office 365 Home Premium one year subscription at $67.15. This is a saving of $32.84, one-third of the normal retail price. And it comes with free shipping. If you’re destined to use Word, Excel or PowerPoint on your iPad, grab this offer before it expires.
Microsoft will release a new Office 365 Personal plan later in the spring at $7 per month or $70 per year. The Personal plan is limited to one desktop computer and one tablet, and includes the same 20GB OneDrive storage and 60 minutes monthly Skype world call as its Office 365 Home Premium plan.