Microsoft Office for Android and iOS devices has been a topic of conversation for a long time. Finally it’s official: Microsoft Office suite will be available for the two most popular OS’s in the tablet and smartphone world starting 2013. As is often the case, iOS gets Microsoft office first in March 2013, while Android receives Microsoft’s blessing in May 2013.
Since the middle of October we knew that Office for iOS and Android would be a sure thing after someone from Microsoft in the Czech Republic made the announcement (against the expressed wishes of Microsoft headquarters). Redmond was hesitant to release the information officially, but eventually The Verge got the scoop and a few pictures to go along with it.
According to this new information, the iOS and Android apps for microsoft Office will be free, but with the free app you can only view your documents, not edit them. Since most people will certainly want to edit their documents, Microsoft has a handy subscription service: Office 365.
But even with the subscription, not all the features that the desktop version offers will be available. The mobile version of Office maintains only the most vital features and virtually ensures that you need both the desktop and mobile versions of Office.
Nonetheless, it’s an improvement in our very mobile lives, which until now, had to do without a mobile version of Microsoft Office. Apple iOS users get to celebrate the join of Mobile Office first, but Android follows just a few months later, so no reason to complain.