SAN FRANCISCO – Regardless that it looks like everybody saw it coming, Microsoft rocked the tech world right this moment by announcing Office for iPad, the first iteration of its productiveness suite for Apple’s tablets.
Based mostly on GeekWire’s preliminary hands-on time at Microsoft’s occasion right here right this moment, these really feel like the Office apps that iPad customers have been ready for. They ship on Microsoft’s promise of apps that really feel like Office whereas at the similar time feeling native to the iPad, which is no imply feat.
The apps carry out their core performance admirably: it’s simple to sort up paperwork in Phrase, make spreadsheets in Excel and design shows in PowerPoint. The apps help all of the fonts which might be constructed into the desktop model of Office, and so they’re designed to make paperwork appear and feel the similar throughout all variations of Office.
As well as, Microsoft has shipped just a few neat methods with the apps. Phrase customers will have the ability to drag round media information like pictures and charts and see textual content easily reflow round the new content material, making it potential so as to add and reposition pictures on the go. Excel for iPad will mechanically recommend completely different charts to customers based mostly on the knowledge that might be going into them, and folks presenting utilizing PowerPoint will have the ability to use a digital laser pointer whereas presenting by transferring their finger round on display.
OneNote for iPad customers additionally get a deal with from right this moment’s occasion: Microsoft simply pushed an replace to the notetaking app that brings its design in step with the different Office apps obtainable on the iPad, which is a pleasant contact as Microsoft appears to supply a compelling competitor to Evernote. Earlier this month, they launched a free model of OneNote for the Mac, which is the first time that software program was obtainable for Mac customers.
Whereas all of the Microsoft representatives I talked to right this moment have been fast to say that customers will get a fuller Office expertise on the PC, these apps really feel like an excellent selection for customers occupied with utilizing Office on their iPad.
Customers will have the ability to download Office for free today, and might view Phrase, Excel and PowerPoint information with out paying a cent. Enhancing these information, nonetheless, requires an Office 365 subscription. The apps do require iOS 7, which implies that they’re solely obtainable to individuals who have an iPad 2 or later mannequin.
Proper now, customers should purchase a year-long Office 365 Residence subscription, for $99.99 by the app, or they will enroll for a $9.99 recurring month-to-month subscription by Microsoft’s website. That subscription supplies customers with Office entry to five computer systems and/or tablets, so bigger households could need to ration pill entry if additionally they have a number of computer systems.
For individuals who aren’t occupied with spending that a lot cash on an Office subscription, Microsoft might be lauching its Office 365 “Personal” tier later this spring, which can give customers Office 365 entry for one laptop and one pill that can price $6.99 a month or $69.99 for a full 12 months.
Right here’s a demo video that reveals the new Office for iPad in motion: