Microsoft Office for iPad has finally landed on the Apple tablets, and Microsoft has strategized freemium model for it. The productivity suite offers all the basic features for free, but to use all the features, you must subscribe to one the tariff plans of Office 365.
Unlike Office Mobile for iOS and Android or its Windows counterparts, the productivity suite consists of three standalone apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Therefore, you must download them separately from the App Store.
Office for iPad showcases Microsoft’s mobile-first, cloud-first approach, and to no surprise, all the content (documents, spreadsheets and presentations) are automatically saved on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint. So you can begin your work on an iPad and continue it on your PC, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and on the web; and practically you will need a mandatory connection to the Internet.
You can’t save documents in your iPad’s internal storage as there’s no SAVE button. Additionally, it also lacks PRINT option because Microsoft seems to believe sharing a physical copy of documents is an outdated thing. Hence, it necessarily requires to open them on other devices to take printouts.
With the free version of Office for iPad, you can only open documents, spreadsheets and presentations (also attached to an email) from OneDrive; copy and paste the content; see the comments; share documents (as a link or email attachment); sort and filter tables in Excel; view notes; send the slide to an external display (via AirPlay) in PowerPoint.
To create, edit and format documents; open them from OneDrive for Business and SharePoint; and save them on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint, you must possess an Office 365 subscription. Microsoft offers in-app purchases for all three apps, so you can sign in/sign up for a paid subscription within the apps directly.
Office for iPad requires iOS 7 or higher, and is available in 135 countries, including Germany, Hong Kong, India, Russia, UK and the U.S. and in 29 languages.
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