Microsoft takes Office Mobile for iPhone free on launch of Office for iPad

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    Microsoft takes Office Mobile for iPhone free on launch of Office for iPad



    On the heels of Office for iPad's introduction, Microsoft on Thursday dropped subscription requirements for the iPhone version of its productivity suite.

    While most media attention was spent on Microsoft's Office for iPad debut, the company also updated its Office Mobile app for iPhone, making the software free for home use. The price drop also applies to the app's Android version.

    The update's release notes, which only list free pricing for home use and bug fixes as changes, suggest Microsoft will continue to require Office 365 subscriptions for businesses using the mobile software. Current fees are set at $99 per year or monthly installments of $9.99.

    Microsoft's decision to remove Office Mobile's subscription restrictions follows a trend from competitors like Apple, which in September made the iWork for iOS suite free with a new iOS device purchase. Google also has a free set of mobile apps, including QuickOffice for Android.

    Microsoft Office Mobile weighs in at 49.2MB and is free to download from the iOS App Store.





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    Microsoft says printing functions will come to Office for iPad soon



    The first iteration of Microsoft’s Office for iPad lacks the ability to print, an unfortunate omission that Microsoft representatives intimated will be fixed in a forthcoming release.

    “Microsoft will absolutely continue to update the app on a regular basis,” a company representative told us.

    That’s not to say Microsoft’s iPad suite is intrinsically unable to print, or that it has trouble connecting to Apple’s own AirPrint service. Rather, the suite’s three apps (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) simply don’t have a print function yet. A support document within the apps confirms this.

    In all fairness to Microsoft, Apple’s iPad lacked a native print function for about a year after its introduction in 2009, arriving in the [northern hemisphere autumn] of 2010 with iOS 4.2. And AirPrint, which connects the iPad wirelessly, only works with a subset of printers that can connect wirelessly to the internet and support the protocol. Perhaps as an indicator of how uncommon printing has actually become, few early reviews of Office for iPad actually noticed the lack of a printing function. (PCWorld’s review was among those, and has been updated to reflect this.)

    Nevertheless, failing to integrate printing support into the iPad version of Office is somewhat akin to leaving cut-and-paste functions out of early versions of iOS (and early Windows Phone versions lacked cut-and-paste as well).

    When asked for comment, Microsoft representatives implied that printing would be added in the future – and that printing was perhaps not all that common for iPad users.

    “Office for iPad was designed from the ground up for the iPad and for the productivity scenarios that an iPad is well-suited for,” the company said in a statement. “For example, delivering a PowerPoint presentation, reviewing and annotating a Word document or making changes to a financial analysis in Excel. Office for iPad ensures that documents look as good as they do on a PC or Mac. The apps have a familiar look and feel, and are designed for touch. And when you edit documents with the iPad, you can be sure that no content or formatting is lost.

    “We will continue to update the applications based on customer feedback and needs,” the statement added. “Similar to other Microsoft apps (like OneNote for iPad) and the Office 365 service, we provide feature updates based on an ongoing basis. Since launching Office 365 last year, we’ve delivered more than 100 updates to the commercial and consumer services extending the Office 365 subscription value.”

    Microsoft has issued updates to Office 365 on a weekly basis, Julia White, the general manager in charge of Office, said in an interview after the launch of Microsoft Office for iPad. “We’ll watch really closely and see how people are using these apps and you should expect us to iterate very fast,” she said.





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    Microsoft's Office for iPad apps notch 27M downloads in 46 days



    After a highly anticipated launch in late March, Microsoft's Office for iPad suite of productivity apps is still going strong in the iOS App Store after having accumulated some 27 million downloads as of Monday.

    In an announcement at the TechEd Conference on Monday, Microsoft's General Manager for Office Julia White said its iPad suite, which includes native Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps, has hit the 27 million download mark 46 days after its debut in March, reports Business Insider

    The news comes after the Redmond, Wash.-based company announced another milestone for the software suite in early April, when it was learned that the collective iPad apps were downloaded 12 million times in one week.

    The hotly-anticipated group of apps rocketed to the top of Apple's iOS App Store charts one day after launch and held their high ranking positions for some time. As of this writing, Word is still the fourth most-downloaded free iPad app, while Excel and PowerPoint have dropped to number 22 and 26 in the rankings, respectively.

    Being so-called "freemium" apps, Microsoft requires users to purchase an in-app subscription to unlock full software capabilities. For Office, users can view documents for free, but need to have an Office 365 subscription to make edits.

    Apple is taking the usual 30 percent cut of all subscription sign-ups, as is the company's policy for all in-app purchases. Office 365 subscriptions cost $99 per year or $9.99 per month.





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