Like the introduction to the iPad almost a year ago, Microsoft’s announcement of bringing Office apps Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the iPhone was met with much fanfare. We took a look at each application and noted some important points across all three.
The most compelling part of the rollout is that users can now create and edit documents, presentations and spreadsheets for free just by signing up for a Microsoft account. This may come as a surprise to users of Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud offering that includes Exchange, Lync and other services including Office. While the iPad apps still require an Office 365 subscription, but on the iPhone, they do not. They do require a lot of navigating through offers to subscribe and a few more advanced features remain locked away.
You Need The Larger 6 and 6 Plus Screens
Trying to edit documents on the screen of an iPhone 5S or lower is quite a frustrating. Perhaps this is the rationale behind making a commercial subscription required for the iPad and not the iPhone? iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, however, will enjoy the ability to create and edit documents on the go.
DropBox integration sure helps
Microsoft also announced support for Dropbox with all of the apps. This is ironic since Microsoft’s own OneDrive service is a direct competitor of Dropbox. Score one for listening to customers using Dropbox all over the world. You can store, retrieve and edit any documents residing in Dropbox without ever leaving the Office apps. This is a very powerful add-on that will delight many iPhone users.
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