It’s been a long time coming. Microsoft Office has finally made its way to iOS devices for a nominal fee. The apps themselves will be free to download, but users will have to pick between two teirs of monthly fees for access to the Office 365 suite of apps which include Microsoft Word for iPad, Excel for iPad and PowerPoint for iPad. Office 365 Home Premium will run you $9.99 per month, and an upcoming personal plan will run you $6.99 per month.
If paying for services isn’t your style, users who do not opt for a monthly plan will be able to edit and save documents for later use. Those who pay for the service will have full access to create, edit and save documents.
Here’s a list of what Office 365 can do straight from the Apple Store:
- Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint.
- Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
- Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.*
- Great-Looking Documents – Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
- Optimized for phone – Word, Excel and PowerPoint are optimized for the small screen of your phone.
- Resume Reading – When opening a Word document from OneDrive or OneDrive for Business on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
- Presentation Views – The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.
- Edit – You can make quick edits to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
- Documents Remain Intact – Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
- Edit While Offline – Your device doesn’t have to be continuously connected to the network to work on an Office document stored online. You can view and edit recently used documents even while you’re offline. Your changes will be saved online when your device reconnects to the network or to Wi-Fi.
- Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
- Comments – You can review comments made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.
- Share – When you’re done with your edits or comments, simply send the document in email or save it to OneDrive or SharePoint.