Microsoft Office for iPad has arrived

Posted by on 4 Apr, 2014

Well, that took a while!office ipad

Have you ever wanted to work on a Word document on your iPad or punch in a few numbers on an Excel spreadsheet? Most people have and it’s been a source of frustration for iPad users. It seems that Microsoft’s new boss has seen the light and has finally released an iPad friendly version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The software is free to install and you can use it to view your documents. If you want to edit or create fresh documents, you need to subscribe to something called Office 365.

Over the last couple of years, Microsoft has been changing their licensing to a yearly subscription model. It used to be that you would buy the Office software and it was expensive and you could use it for as long as you liked, but now they are moving to a system where you pay a yearly fee (around £80) and then have the right to use the latest version of Office on up to 5 devices. So, if you have a couple of computers and an iPad, you would buy a yearly Office 365 license and can use Word, Excel and PowerPoint everywhere.  This subscription also includes an online file storage service so you can access your files on any device and you also get an hour of free Skype calls every month.

If you are reading this on your iPad, you can download Word, Excel and Powerpoint from the App Store using the links below.

Word  Excel  Powerpoint

Otherwise, you can search for them in the App store.

If you need a hand getting your new iPad Office software to let you edit, let us know and we’ll get sorted remotely.  You may already have a 365 licence, in which case you can start using it right away.  Otherwise, we can help you get that setup.

Here’s what Microsoft have to say about their new iPad versions:

View, create, and edit Office documents on your iPad with touch-friendly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. In Word, add comments or track changes while you work together with others. Review and update Excel spreadsheets and add formulas or charts. Change PowerPoint presentations and project them wirelessly on a big screen. Editing and creating documents with Office for iPad requires an eligible Office 365 subscription.

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