Microsoft Office will be free on iOS and Android

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Microsoft today announced Office for Android and iOS will be free. Users no longer require an Office 365 subscription to store and edit files online.

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#2

Hi :slight_smile:
Not really news.
I posted this (elsewhere) on the 5th of May this year.

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The latest version of Office for Android is now in the Play Store, removing the requirement of an Office 365 subscription.

Original story: Alongside the much-awaited announcement of Office for the iPad, Microsoft dropped a bit of a bombshell today by making Office for Android completely free to use on phones. The app itself has always been free, but you needed to have a paid Office 365 subscription in order to make any use of it.

See here:
http://www.androidcentral.com/microsoft-office-goes-completely-free-android-phones

Available on Play Store.

Headline from MS "Announcing the Office you love, now on the iPad
by John Case, on March 27, 2014.
Even earlier.

Link: http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/27/announcing-the-office-you-love-now-on-the-ipad/


#3

I just gave it a test run and it looks like I can write out every editing feature Word has to offer:

[ol]
[li]Bold
[/li][li]Italic
[/li][li]Underline
[/li][li]Strikethrough
[/li][li]Enlarge / Reduce text size
[/li][li]Red / Yellow / Green text
[/li][li]Red / Yellow / Green highlight
[/li][/ol]

So if you want to do things like add another row to a table, make a column larger or even basic stuff like indent text, add bullet points, use another colour like blue, etc., well, you’ll need to find an alternative Office app. :slight_smile:

Windows 7.5 and 8.1 phones have the same above feature list in Word.

[B]Edit: [/B]Going by user reviews on the Play store, the iPad version offers much better edit functionality such as shown in the screenshots of the Office Mobile page. On an Android tablet, the editing features are also limited to the tiny selection above.


#4

Microsoft office on mobile is late, as in “the late Microsoft Office”.

I can only count about 5 other free office suites on Android, and some of them even come pre-bundled … unlike MS office …


#5

^ Plus I’m sure every one is far more functional than Microsoft’s offering.

The following screenshot pretty much covers [U]every[/U] editing feature Word has to offer. Not even a spell check!

I wonder has Microsoft actually taken a look at the free Google Docs app… :o

Just a few screenshots covering [U]some[/U] features: :slight_smile:







#6

Don’t see the links???


#7

I like the Microsoft 365 mobile. Its just what I am used too.


#8

[QUOTE=zebadee;2740312]Hi :slight_smile:
Not really news.
I posted this (elsewhere) on the 5th of May this year.

"

Headline from MS "Announcing the Office you love, now on the iPad
by John Case, on March 27, 2014.
Even earlier.

Link: http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/27/announcing-the-office-you-love-now-on-the-ipad/[/QUOTE]

I think this time around, it was intended to say that MS is actively working on improving applications for all platforms, both phones and tablets…kind of a reminder you that they are putting effort into providing options beyond normal online editing available in the past, and announce that they have solid updates for the iOS side of things. Plus, it’s a clarification (or a change) to say that you don’t even have to fully be in Microsoft’s ecosystem to make use of the features on any platform, which is cool.


#9

Hi :slight_smile:
@ Albert.
The title of this thread implies that MS Office will be free on Android & iOS platforms.
This has been the case since March of this year.
If you followed the blogs.
MS has been "actively working on improving applications for all platforms, both phones & tablets."
From that original date.

This isn’t a dig at the OP.
Just pointing that like many.
This feature of free MS Office has been missed by many.

The implication that you had to subscribe to Office 360, whilst not false.
Has been worked around pretty much since April.
So successfully that MS no longer even attempt to pursue that route.


#10

Good news, though there are a lot of alternatives.
Have never been a fan of MS Office.
In the early days I used ChiWriter. Wonderful software.
Then used WordPerfect v. 5.1 (DOS version) for many years.
And out of the blue all word processors’ development reached a cul-de-sac. The new versions were clumsy, slow and interestingly it happened under a then new OS, Windows. Oh, forgot to mention that a new word processor appeared…