A long time ago in a far, far away land, Microsoft dominated the entire computing market. The reach of it’s long, claw-like tentacles meant nobody could escape their grasp. You edited on Microsoft. You wrote on Microsoft. You calculated budgets on Microsoft. But times have changed… The empire that was Microsoft, didn’t foresee the revolution… The great tidal wave of resistance… The touchscreen era.
Microsoft’s power declined, its tentacles withdrew and it’s pride dented. Its reign of infinite power brought abruptly to a halt. Microsoft didn’t change with the market and it paid the price.
But now Microsoft hopes it can reverse that decline with Office for iPad. Ever since the iPad launch in 2010, critics have speculated about Office for iPad. iPad revolutionised how we work and play – yet a key piece of software we all use for work remained absent from the touch screen device.
Now – after 4 years of waiting – Microsoft have launched Office for iPad. Taking on a new CEO, Satya Nadella, his first big project has been to remodel the Microsoft plan.
There are now separate apps for iPad – Word, Excel and Powerpoint for users to download from the App Store. The downloads are completely free, but Microsoft isn’t stupid. Users will only be able view documents without a 365 subscription; that’s an extra $99.
The apps themselves are full of features. They enter a market that is already saturated, Apple’s iWork offers a completely free alternative to MS Office. So why would you pay?
Microsoft say’s Office offers a “familiar” experience and the ability to view documents “exactly” how you intended to view them. This is certainly true, Pages does do a lot of formatting ‘backflips’ to convert your documents – this can sometimes go wrong.
Office for iPad fits with the minimalistic iOS 7 feel – with a look-alike Windows feel. Your usual formatting tools are present and best of all formulas from Excel actually work.
So, if you’re stuck in the stone age and desperately need Office – go ahead. However, for many this won’t mean a lot. Others have found better alternatives and Microsoft’s pricing won’t be very attractive to normal users. You make up your mind.
Microsoft Office FAQs
Q: How much does Office for iPad cost?
A: You can download the Office apps for free and read, view and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations. To get the full editing and creation experience, you need an Office 365 subscription. Office 365 gives you always-up-to-date versions of Office across your PC, Mac and iPad, and much more.
Q: Can I try Office for iPad?
A: Yes, you can read, view and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations for free. To get the full editing and creation experience, you can sign up for a free 30 day Office 365 trial atwww.office.com/try. Then download the Office for iPad apps in the App Store. During your trial period, you can use Office across your PC, Mac and iPad.
Q: What Office 365 subscription plans include Office for iPad?
A: Office 365 Home, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, Office 365 ProPlus, and Office 365 University. The new Office 365 Personal will also qualify when it becomes available later this spring.
Q: What are the system requirements for Office for iPad?
A: You need an iPad running iOS 7.0 or later.
Q: What languages and markets is Office for iPad available in?
A: We offer Office for iPad in the following 29 languages: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish , Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish , Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish , Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian.
As of today, Office for iPad is available in the following 135 markets: Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Republic of, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Republic of, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Fed. States of, Moldova, Republic of, Mongolia, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & Grenada, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.