Two Big Microsoft Announcements
Office for the iPad (finally)
Microsoft just announced their Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) will now be available as a full fledged application for the iPad (an Android version has been confirmed to be in the works). This has been a long time coming and from all reviews it looks like a great product. So why is it important?
- PowerPoint – Some of the Office compatible apps only allow you view or edit documents. With the official Office app you can also create documents, spreadsheets, AND PowerPoint presentations. Very handy if you are on a business trip with your tablet and need to get something done.
- Cloud Integration – As with all Office applications you have integrated support with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud file storage (7GB Personal / 25GB Business).
- Compatibility – Documents, spreadsheets, or presentations created on the iPad will look the same when editing / viewing them on a PC or Mac.
- Save as PDF – Business users will find it very helpful to be able to save documents as PDF files on the go. (UPDATE: Need to be confirmed)
There is one small catch to all of this. In order to do any of the editing/creating you will need to have a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 ($9.99 / Personal ; $12.50 – $20.00 / Business). It is not too bad a deal if you have multiple PCs as it allows you to install Office on up to 5 devices plus Cloud storage.
Office for Android & iPhone is now FREE
As of today you can download Office Mobile for Android and iPhone for free (technically just for home use). This allows the viewing, editing, and creation of Word/Excel files. If you are in business this is a must have app.
It looks like Microsoft finally got the message that the world does not live in Windows anymore. By providing solutions for multiple platforms Microsoft not only spreads its influence but also adds more subscribers to Office 365. Business users now have more choices when choosing hardware for their environments. Overall it seems like a win-win situation.