Does anyone else think that this simply took way too long? The iPhone version of Microsoft’s Office suite launched last June, and many hoped that the company was working on an iPad version. Well, they were, and it’s finally here.
The suite isn’t a remake of its desktop counterpart. Office for iPad is a completely new user experience built with Apple’s iPad in mind. The app brings Word, Excel and PowerPoint to iPads running iOS 7.0 or later.
Bonnie Cha for re/code writes:
I used it on my fourth-generation iPad to write this column, fill out an expense report, and create a PowerPoint presentation, among other things, and it was evident throughout that Microsoft worked to optimize the suite for the iPad.
You can get the app on the App Store right now for free, and lets you read Word documents, work with Excel spreadsheets, and view Powerpoints at no cost. If you want to do any more than that, though, you’re going to have to have an Office 365 subscription (which isn’t cheap). How much? They start at $80/year for students.