As of yesterday, Microsoft’s insanely popular Office suite software was officially brought to the iPad. Office Mobile has been available for Android smartphones and iPhones for some time now, but tablets were left out of the equation.
Microsoft built Office for iPad from the ground up, with touchscreens and the iPad software in mind. All the while, it didn’t deviate too far from the desktop experience we all know so well. It may not come with the full capabilities of its desktop counterpart, but it’s a huge leap in the right direction for tablet productivity and Microsoft’s mobile software offerings.
Office for iPad comes in the form of three free downloads: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The applications are free to use, though without an Office 365 subscription, your use will be limited to only syncing and viewing documents from your iPad. If you want to edit and create documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, you will need to pay the $9.99 per month subscription price for Office 365. (Other pricing is also available, depending on whether you pay annually or how many devices you need to use.)
The question is, was the wait worth it? Did Microsoft get it right? And is access to Microsoft Office from iPad worth the subscription price? We go hands-on and find out in the video below!