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Microsoft Office For iPad: 7 Questions Answered

Is Office for iPad a good fit for you? We go hands-on and answer seven key questions to help you decide.
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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.

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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zman5819
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3/31/2014 | 7:44:46 AM
A couiple of alternatives
There are some extremely capable alternatives available.

RollApp.com provides OpenOffice and LibreOffice cloud service. You can use it for free with ads or directly as a paid service for $1.00 per month. You can edit all the documents you want to.

https://www.rollapp.com/
https://www.rollapp.com/libreoffice

The cost is a small fraction of the cost of Office 365 and it can do far more.

Fern app is also available. It allows you to host your own cloud based app server. For example provide the latest LibreOffice for remote access through broswer. It uses h264 for network compression. See the demo.

http://www.fernapp.com/

 

 

 
dlavenda
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3/31/2014 | 2:27:35 AM
Office with a Keyboard
One annoying issue with Office of iPad is the lack of screen space when  you use the virtual keyboard. When you use a Bluetooth keyboard however, the device and app become much more useful.
awebb199
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3/30/2014 | 11:42:38 AM
Re: A Seismic Shift for Microsoft
Not really much of a shift to ship.  The decision was taken years ago to do a specific Office implementation for iPad.

 
ANewNickname
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3/29/2014 | 5:43:47 PM
The catch(es)
To use Excel (and probably everything else), you need iOS 7. I have an original iPad, so it seems I can't use Office at all. I wanted to use it primarily to show Powerpoint presentations, but to use Powerpoint, you need a front-facing camera. God knows why.
Gary_EL
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3/29/2014 | 3:26:09 PM
A Seismic Shift for Microsoft
So, Microsoft has finally surrendered to reality. But wiill it be to little and too late to preserve Office's unique place as the premiere Office Suite for all platforms, mobile and otherwise?
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