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Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, in his first press event as CEO, took the wraps off Microsoft’s long-rumored Office on iPad suite.
At an event in San Francisco billed as covering the intersection of cloud and mobile, Microsoft announced that Office for iPad — Word, Excel, PowerPoint — will be available for free in the Apple App Store for free as of 11 a.m. PT/2 pm ET today, March 27.
Office on iPad has been rumored to exist for years. The first (mostly) credible reports of its existence date back to 2011, courtesy of The Daily.
In recent months, Microsoft execs all but confirmed the existence of Office for iPad. But the implication was that Microsoft would debut its own touch-first Office suite before it delivered an Office suite on a competing platform.
It’s available today and free. Sort of.
If you only need the most basic capabilites of Office for iPad, the free version that is available for download from Apple’s app store may be just fine for you.
But if you want to do anything like editing, formatting, saving to OneDrive or SharePoint, you need an Office 365 subscription.
Here’s Microsoft’s chart that shows what you get for free and what you don’t:
If you need the paid version, the following Office 365 plans include Office for iPad support: Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, Office 365 ProPlus, and Office 365 University. Once it’s available, the just-announced Office 365 Personal plan will also qualify.
Source: Associated Press