Microsoft makes office "free" for iOS and Android

Microsoft just keeps coming with the surprises, making the mobile versions of its Office suite products free for all users — with just a few catches.
Office for iOS now extends out to iPhone users, while the Android version is available as a preview on signup (which you can do here), but the interesting news of the day is that while it’s always been free to download, editing was locked unless you were an Office 365 subscriber. That’s been changed with today’s app updates, which allow editing and printing of Office documents, although not every feature is available in the free version.
A range of premium features are locked down to just the Office 365 crowd — things like column formatting, page orientation and custom table creation, for example — so there’s still that freemium hook to spend your (roughly) ten bucks per month on a subscription.
We discuss the shifting of Office in the latest Vertical Hold, based on the news earlier that Microsoft was bundling unlimited cloud storage with Office 365.

It would appear based on this shift that Microsoft’s further pushing itself into the services category, as the big hook for Office 365 would now have to be the storage aspect, at least at the personal user level.
Source: Microsoft

1 thought on “Microsoft makes office "free" for iOS and Android”

  1. Good move Microsoft, it was just matter of time. This is really needed for iOS users because Apple really lacks in useful apps like when we compare it to Android.
    Thanks for the share!

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