Sunday, 16 June 2013

Microsoft Office for iPhone arrives: That didn’t take long!


Microsoft Office for iPhone arrives: That didn’t take long!

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally, finally here: Microsoft Office for iPhone. Well, sort of – though you can now edit your Word documents and PowerPoint presentations on the go without the need for a Windows Phone, there are still quite a few catches.

While Windows Phone users have been treated to the official Microsoft Office mobile experience for a few years now, this marks the software giant’s first foray onto iOS with its flagship office suite. Install it, and you can edit and create documents and spreadsheets, and edit PowerPoint slideshows you’ve already knocked up. All your work is stored safely for you in the cloud via Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

So what are the catches? Well, for starters, while it’s free to download, you’ll need to be an Office 365 subscriber to log in and use it (That’ll be £7.99 per month, please). This is also an iPhone-only app, so iPad users will have to make do with Microsoft’s web Office offerings, or rival services like Google Drive – ditto Android users.

If you’re OK with the fine print, you’ll be able to give Microsoft Office on your iPhone a go very soon: it’s on the iTunes App Store for US users right now, while us Brits should see it land within the next few days.

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