• Microsoft (Finally) Makes Office for iOS Functional and Free
  • February 6, 2015 | Author: Brian S. Jones
  • Law Firm: Bose McKinney & Evans LLP - Indianapolis Office
  • You may want to sit down for this one, because I’m about to praise Microsoft, a company whose products typically draw my ire multiple times per day...

    Last week, Microsoft updated its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iOS, allowing basic editing of documents without having to have an Office 365 subscription. MS also added in Dropbox support for their iOS apps and made stand-alone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone, which replaces the lousy and unusable “Office Mobile” app for iPhone they previously put out. The iPad apps are worth the price: free. The iPhone apps are a little more cumbersome to use due to smaller screen sizes, but they’ll do in a pinch.

    If you want advanced editing features like Track Changes in Word or PivotTables in Excel, however, you’ll need to have an Office 365 subscription, which MS has recently made more appealing by offering unlimited online OneDrive storage with an Office 365 subscription. Dropbox is still the superior service, but OneDrive going unlimited makes it a bit more attractive.

    But the good news is that MS has apparently realized that making people pay for functionality that other mobile apps—such as Apple’s excellent Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps—have, for years, offered for free didn’t make a lot of sense. I’m all for a MS that is more focused on users instead of just protecting its two big cash cows: Office and Windows.

    In any event, keep copying Apple, Microsoft, and you may eventually get it right...