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What do I get without an Office 365 subscription? Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are free through the Apple App Store, but to access editing features, you'll need an Office 365 subscription. If you don't have one, you can sign up through the apps.
Office 365 plans come in several flavors. Personal, which is coming this spring, entitles subscribers to Office on one PC and one tablet, and will be $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annually. Home, which offers support for five desktops and tablets, is $9.99 monthly or $69.99 a year. University is restricted to students and costs $79.99 for four years. Microsoft also offers a variety of business plans that range in per-user cost.
Alongside the new apps, Microsoft is now offering Office Mobile free for iPhones and Android smartphones. These apps, which offer file compatibility but relatively few tools, had previously required Office 365 subscriptions. The relaxed requirements apply only to personal use. Business users still need Office 365 accounts.
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