Friday, 7 November 2014

Microsoft Office goes free on iOS and Android

Microsoft Office goes free on iOS and Android
Productivity lovers rejoice! After a fairly awkward set-up that required having an Office 365 account to use Microsoft Office apps, the entire suite of programmes has now gone free on iOS devices, as well as Android tablets.
The move means that iPhone, iPad and Android tablet users will be able to view, edit and store files either locally or in the cloud for free. It comes directly off the back of the Windows maker announcing a new partnership with Dropbox that will let users make edits to Office files from within Dropbox.
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Some advanced features will require a business account, but the vast majority of users will be able to do all their major productive work with no roadblocks.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what has prompted the change in heart for Microsoft, with increased competition from the likes of Apple’s own native iWork apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote), as well as web-based options like Google Docs.
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The rise of tablets also shows no sign of slowing, and it seems Microsoft has realised this, and now want to reach as many users as possible. The Office suite is still the most used software, and combined with the number of workers who take personal devices into the office, these numbers may even increase with greater ways to connect to Office