Microsoft releases hobbled Office for iPad; requires $100/year subscription to create/edit documents

“Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Thursday unveiled Office for iPad, a highly anticipated and long overdue version of its bread-and-butter productivity software for Apple’s popular tablet,” Nancy Blair reports for USA Today.

“The app will be live for free in Apple’s App Store today. You’ll be able to read and present your content that way, but for creating and editing content, you will need an Office 365 subscription,” Blair reports. “Office software lets you create and edit documents, calculate spreadsheets and design presentations and graphics through its Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs. Microsoft moved to a subscription model for Office last year with Office 365 Home Premium, which runs $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year.”

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“The interface is reminiscent of other versions of Office, with the Ribbon formatting bar up top, but Microsoft says it’s been rethought to be touch-friendly,” Harry McCracken reports for TIME. “And as with other versions of Office, everything is saved by default to OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), Microsoft’s online storage service.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Way too little. Way too late.

Smart users will continue to use Apple’s iWork which is free, not hobbled in order to force unending subscription fees, and works seamlessly across iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Web browsers.

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  1. If got Office for Mac for $10 through my work benefits. Put it on my retina MacBook Pro a few months ago. Haven’t used it yet. (Of course we use Excel and Access for our massive data at work. But for iPad?)

  2. I’m not too sure if there might be a slight disconnect between Microsoft’s world and the consumer world. Why would a consumer, after purchasing their software and always owning it, to now “renting” their software? With Google Docs free and iWork’s free, it will be interesting to see how many iPad users buy into this new business model which has a strong odor of failure written all over it. Good luck Microsoft.

  3. I bought iWork for iOS a couple of years ago, as well as GarageBand, iirc, it cost me about £25, seemed like good value then, and I’m still using them every day for my publishing work flow. Don’t have to pay Apple bugger all to carry on using them year after year.

    And when my trusty iPad 1 gets replaced. . .why, I get the latest version of all those apps for free. Yep, free, zilch, nada, dim byd, £0.00, $0.00, €0.00.

    And if M$oft think they’re gonna chisel me out of 100 bucks a year, they can just dream on. Ain’t gonna happen!

    1. Agree with you on Numbers. Very difficult to input ranges and formulas into. So frustrating to use in fact that I quit using Numbers on my iPad.

      However, there is no way that I am paying Microsoft $100 a year for the privilege to use Office.

      Instead I use iWork and LibreOffice on my Macs.

      LibreOffice has the advantages of Merge, and remembering Window Size and Position. Resetting the Pages App window size and position is a pain.

      As an aside:

      I wish Apple would allow Mac users to specify if an App should open in Full Window or Full Screen besides the normal window setting.

      (Put a couple check boxes in Get Info or Options (Secondary click on App icon in Dock).

      This is the number one complaint I hear from former Windows users. (How can I make my App always open Maximized?)

      I have been hearing requests about this since 2007.

      Since most new Mac users are former Windows users it seem smart to me to add this option to keep these new Macs users thrilled with their purchase.

      1. I guess it really is a matter of taste. When I use Windows apps I usually shrink the windows so I can see more than one. If I ask a question from a a Windows person the first thing they do is expand the app back to full screen. Different strokes …

        1. I agree with you, a matter of taste. I am hoping that Apple will choose to accommodate both users.

          Since Apple has a huge number of Windows users to win over, this setting could strengthen Macs appeal to Windows users.

          I’m not requesting Apple change how their Application Windowing works. I am requesting Apple offer these settings: in either Get Info or Dock Options (Secondary click on App icon in Dock):

          _ Open Full Window (Maximized in Windows terms)

          _ Open Full Screen

          If neither option is checked then open in normal window mode.

        1. You got that right.

          Breaking news for Pro-Apple trolls: Excel still EXCELS.

          I have been using both since their debuts and it is simply reality. Deal with it and stop whining about Apple superiority.

          Certainly NOT with everything. Why Apple does not blow away MS Office, Adobe, etc. is as elusive as Washington elect balancing a budget … (Pol bait on a little mousetrap, sorry) 😉

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