Microsoft Launches Office For Free On Android And iOS
Rumors about Office for Mac and mobile devices have been circulating around the Internet for some time. Microsoft now officially announced that their most important suite of apps — Office — will be available for free on mobile devices running Android and iOS.
The suite of apps include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The best thing is that these apps would be available for free on mobile devices. Why have Microsoft decided to provide their best-selling suite of apps for free? It is all part of a plan.
Office is one of the most important and best selling products Microsoft has ever produced. It was launched in 1990, and since then it’s been widely adopted by the users. It helped the Redmond-based company generate revenue of around $26 billion in the last fiscal year. In other words, Office accounted for nearly third of Microsoft’s revenue in that year.
Microsoft already offers this suite of apps for free online through Web. You can use Word, Excel and PowerPoint in your browser using Microsoft’s online services. The plan of providing these apps for free on mobile devices is just an extension of the plan of providing them online.
“We’re taking that same user experience we provide online to the native apps of iOS and Android. We want to make sure that our customers can be productive across all the devices they have,” said Microsoft’s head of Office marketing Michael Atalla.
Productivity software was one of the things Satya Nadella focused on when he published an email showing his vision for future, back in summers.
Although these apps would be free for consumers, Microsoft would still charge business for using their services — hence making money through Office. The company will provide the apps for free with some limited functionality, providing premium features to paid customers. Businesses would need Office 365 subscription to edit documents.
“There’s still premium value that we’ll add on top of that,” says Atalla. “There will still be subscription value, most clearly and easily identifiable in the commercial space, but also in the consumer space around advanced authoring, analysis, presentation, and unlimited storage with OneDrive.”
Public preview of Office for Mac is also expected to arrive soon, whereas the final release will be launched in early 2015.