Office apps now available free on iOS, soon will land on Android

Microsoft’s versatile Office programs will at long last land in Android and iOS mobile devices and thank goodness it is free. This will imply that beginning November 6, that’s today you will not resort to subscribing for the Office 365 to enjoy the features of the various Office programs.

The update will split the Office programs such as the Word, Excel and Powerpoint into separate apps.  All the apps will also support Dropbox integration for cloud storage. This update took effect in the iOS platform two days ago, and in the Android platform the update will materialize early next year.

But the free offerings come with caveats.  Some essential features like adding columns and custom tables are only available to Office 365 subscribers. In Word, you can change the fonts of the texts, but modifying a document from portrait to landscape format will need a subscription. Using the PowerPoint’s Presenter view will also require subscription.

Office apps in the iPhones have been tailored for smaller screens, and come with a Reflow feature that shifts text and images for a more pleasant view in your handset. The interface is neat and straightforward. Touching the single button that lies in the top right will enable you to control the font and type options, and also has the drop down menu for insert, layout, review and view. The app allows voice dictation as it converts your speech into texts.

The Office 365 plan is easy on the pocket as it is priced at $6.99 a month and provides you full unlocked mobile apps alongside a desktop version for one computer and a generous 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage. The next offer costs more at $9.99 a month and comes with a desktop version for the computers and mobile installations to five devices each, and 1TB of cloud storage for five different users. The cheapest is the Office365 Business subscriptions, which is pegged at $5 per month alternative but doesn’t have full mobile support.

However Microsoft is not expanding its free Office apps to the business industry, but instead, the businesses needs to subscribe to the Office 365 subscription to use the features of both OneDrive and Dropbox at same. On the other end, Apple already provides its iWork apps on the iPad free.


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