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    Microsoft unveils Office for iPad, free for reading and presenting

    Download: Word (VPP), Excel (VPP), PowerPoint (VPP), OneNote (VPP) / Sources: Office Blog, Engadget, The Verge


    Quote Originally Posted by The Verge
    After years and years of rumours, Office for iPad is finally here. At a press event in San Francisco this morning, Microsoft Office general manager Julia White has unveiled the company’s latest mobile Office app. While Office for iPad was originally rumoured for a release in 2012 and 2013, it will be available in Apple’s App Store today at 2.00 P.M. ET / 11.00 A.M. PT. Just like Office for iPhone, the iPad version will make use of Microsoft's Office 365 subscription for editing features and will be available to subscribers at no extra cost. However, the iPad version will be free for reading and presenting purposes. That's a significant change from the iPhone version, and one that will allow millions of iPad users to make use of Office for viewing documents.

    Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will all be included with Office for iPad, with a ribbon interface that's similar to the Windows and Mac desktop versions. While Office for iPhone included some basic editing, the iPad version contains a lot more features. Microsoft is promising full file fidelity with the desktop versions, and Office for iPad includes support for re-flowing, formatting, and touch handles. In a demonstration, White showed how text will automatically re-flow around a picture once it's inserted in a Word document.
    Quote Originally Posted by Engadget
    Though the product is called Office for iPad, it's actually a trio of individual apps (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) listed separately in the App Store. As with Office Mobile for iPhone, each of these core programs is free to download, and you can use them in read-only mode without a paid subscription. If you wanna edit or create documents, though -- and let's face it: You definitely will -- an Office 365 subscription is required. In particular, we're told it will even work with Microsoft's upcoming 365 Personal plan, which will cost $7 a month when it launches later this spring. And if you happen to be a student using Office 365 for University ($80 for four years), the monthly cost of ownership drops to just $1.67.

    All told, this subscription model isn't a problem if you already have an Office sub; in fact, your iPad download won't even count toward the usual five-PC/Mac limit. Unfortunately, too, this is also one of the only mobile office suites that works with Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint, so if that's where you store your documents, you're best off sticking with Office. That said, Apple offers its iWork suite for free, so long as you purchased your device on or after September 1st, 2013. And, it works with popular services like Google Drive, which Office doesn't, so depending on what ecosystem you use, Office might immediately seem like a weak proposition.








    Requirements
    A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to edit and create documents. Qualifying plans include:

    • Office 365 Home
    • Office 365 Small Business Premium
    • Office 365 Midsize Business
    • Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government)
    • Office 365 Education A3 and A4
    • Office 365 ProPlus
    • Office 365 University
    • Office 365 trial subscriptions
    Last edited by Arthur; 27th March 2014 at 11:07 PM. Reason: Added big red arrow for Sylv3r ;-) plus VPP links

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    Office Mobile is now free for home users too.

    Download: iPhone, Android

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play. (Source)

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    Does anybody know when it will appear in the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Does anybody know when it will appear in the UK?
    It's already available.

    Last edited by Arthur; 27th March 2014 at 08:23 PM.

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    What I dont quite get with ms and office 365 is that they now have student advantage which will allow student to edit, but staff don't get this access...

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    Odd. Doesn't appear for me on my iPAD or Mac using iTunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Odd. Doesn't appear for me on my iPAD or Mac using iTunes.
    I've downloaded them too.

    Three apps, word PowerPoint and excel.

    They don't turn up in searches very well.

    I opened another ms app and showed the developer apps.

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    Managed to find them. I am guessing they are keeping them from the search to avoid the mad rush.

    I got the links from here if anybody else is looking.

    Where To Download Microsoft Office For iPad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Managed to find them. I am guessing they are keeping them from the search to avoid the mad rush.

    I got the links from here if anybody else is looking.

    Where To Download Microsoft Office For iPad
    The links are in the first post as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    I got the links from here if anybody else is looking.
    The download links were at the top of my first post (highlighted in red). They've been there since 6.06 P.M.

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    How cope there's no Thanks button on this thread. Thanks anyhow @Arthur

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall_IT View Post
    What I don't quite get with ms and office 365 is that they now have student advantage which will allow student to edit, but staff don't get this access...
    My thoughts exactly. Wish there was some way to enable it if you have an EES agreement or something.

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    Thanks guys for pointing out the links! The big red arrow helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Thanks guys for pointing out the links! The big red arrow helps
    Lol.. The big red arrow is helpful... I wish it was there earlier!

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    Can only get powerpoint in VPP :S

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