After launching on iPad, Microsoft Office is now free on iPhone, Android devices

Microsoft has made Office for iPhone and Android smartphones free today. Earlier while reading on the apps was free, users needed a subscription for editing features.


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has finally unveiled a version of the Microsoft Office suite for Apple's iPad. While the apps are free on the App Store, users will need a Microsoft subscription to edit documents on the apps.

 

But the iPad launch for Office wasn't the only good news from Microsoft today. According to TechCrunch Microsoft has made Office for iPhone and Android smartphones free today. Earlier while reading on the apps was free, users needed a subscription for editing features.

 

It should be noted that the apps are “home users.” What this means is those who were accessing it on a business subscription are unlikely to get the free benefit. According to TheNextWeb, The changelogs for both iOS and Android apps are the same: Office Mobile is now free for home use and Bug fixes and stability improvements.

 

After this update, Office is pretty much free on the iPhone and Android. However the iPad version will still require an Office 365 subscription if you want to edit any document.

 

As far as prices go the Office 365 Premium version costs around Rs 4,199 or around $69.9 per year and gives users access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SkyDrive cloud storage for 5 PCs or Macs, and mobile devices as well. You can also take a monthly subscription for around Rs 420.

 

As far Office 365 for Business goes, the basic subscription starts at Rs 300 per month (or close Rs 3600 per year which is around $60 per year) and allows up to 25 users.

 


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