Unlike the tablet version, the Office apps for Mobile have gone free for iPhone and Android. This means there’s no longer a need for an Office365 subscription to edit and create documents via the Office Mobile apps.
“Office Mobile is now free for home use,” Microsoft’s update notes confirm.
This means that you can create, view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on the go using your Android and/or iOS smartphones without paying any fee. Microsoft says it made this change to align Office Mobile for Android and iOS with its Windows Phone counterpart, which has always been free to use.
It seems as if the software giant is also looking to better compete with Apple and Google, which both offer free productivity suites on their respective platforms in the form of iWork and QuickOffice.
But if you want to step up your productivity and use Microsoft’s titles on your iPad’s larger screen, you’ll still need an Office 365 subscription.
The Office for iPad apps were released on Thursday, after much rumours and speculations. The Apps are already in the Top 4 in the App Store.