Microsoft releases updated versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad and iPhones that make available more of the core functionality of Office 365 Business for free.

Starting today, November 6th, Microsoft is allowing personal and home users take advantage of many of the applications of Office 365 Business for free! Office 365 Business is still a paid subscription, but if you believe that people use what they know and know what they use, then giving this away for free to the millions of apple users is a wise move. If you are using Office 365 on a personal basis, then the bridge to using it at the Office will be seamless.

Office for the iPad was announced back in March as a major step in the commitment to bring Office to everyone, anywhere they need it and on every device. With over 40 million downloads of Office for iPad, it’s no secret that this is something Office users needed. Customers have said that the apps are beautiful and that they appreciate the familiar Office experience designed specifically for the iPad. Most importantly, they said they wanted Microsoft to do more, and Microsoft delivered.

Since then, Microsoft has released native apps for OneNote, Lync, Yammer, OneDrive for Business and OWA for iOS and Android and they’ve continued their investment in the Mac platform with the release of Outlook for Mac and the Office for Mac beta scheduled for the first half of 2015.

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Today, Microsoft announced that they we’re taking the next major step to bring Office to everyone, on every device, and the Office apps customers love are coming to Android tablets with the start of Office for Android tablet Preview. Microsoft is also delivering Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone and updates for the iPad apps–to ensure a consistently beautiful and productive Office experience on every device. The vision of Office everywhere wouldn’t be complete without Windows, so new, touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 are in the works.

With Office on nearly every device, it’s incredibly important that customers have a consistent experience and the ability to do more–anywhere and everywhere. So, starting today, people can create and edit Office content on iPhones, iPads, and soon, Android tablets using Office apps without an Office 365 subscription.

Of course Office 365 subscribers will continue to benefit from the full Office experience across devices with advanced editing and collaboration capabilities, unlimited OneDrive storage, Dropbox integration and a number of other benefits.

We encourage you to download the new iPhone apps, update your iPad onessign up for the Android Preview and realize the full value of Office with a subscription.

Click here to learn more about how you can take advantage of Office 365 Business for free!

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