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Microsoft also revamps its Office suite for the iPhone

Microsoft is definitely in a giving and collaborative mood these days. Last week, Microsoft announced that subscribers to its Office 365 productivity suite would receive unlimited OneDrive cloud storage for free. This week, Microsoft announced a broad agreement with Dropbox that brings quite a bit of cross-functionality between both Office 365 and Dropbox.
 
Today, Microsoft is extending an olive branch to both iOS and Android users. The first bit of news pertains to Office for iPad users — you will no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Basic editing will now be included in all three free apps, which you can download from the iTunes app store. But don’t get too happy; Microsoft is still reserving some advanced editing features for those that have a paid Office 365 subscription, but the freebies should be good enough for general consumers.


Office for iPad 

Microsoft says that Office for iPad has been downloaded over 40 million times since it was first released.
 
The other iOS-related news comes in the form of a completely overhauled Office Mobile for the iPhone. Editing capabilities were always included in the free iPhone version of Office Mobile, but the suite has been updated with all three main apps now being a separate download. iPhone users will now have the same Office experience as iPad users include feature parity and a consistent UI.
 
It should also be noted that the aforementioned Dropbox integration is already baked into both the iPad and iPhone versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

 
Office for Android 

The last bit of news is that Microsoft is also bringing Office to Android devices. The company has announced public beta of Office for Android that will begin next year, and Microsoft has already posted an “Office for Android Tablet Preview Nomination” form where you can submit your details to join the beta. Microsoft does note, however, that you must have an Android tablet running KitKat and a screen size of 7” to 10.1” to be eligible for the beta.
 
Interestingly enough, Microsoft isn’t looking for users that have Android tablets running Lollipop (sorry, Nexus 9 owners).

Sources: Microsoft [1], [2]





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