Microsoft Brings Office to the iPad

In 2010, Apple successfully launched the first iPad to consumers everywhere, and the number of iPads sold worldwide has reached almost 200 million. What has made the iPad so popular is that everyone seemingly has a use for it. Parents can keep their children entertained with the wide variety of games and apps available. Anyone can video chat with their families and friends across the world. You can be entertained by watching movies or TV shows on the iPad, reading your favorite book, or listening to music. People who want to know what is going on in the world can read the newspaper or catch up on their favorite social media sites. Even educational institutions have seen enormous value in using iPads in the classrooms. Simply put, with the number of applications available via the App Store, the iPad can be a one stop shop for accessing digital content. Because of that, the iPad has been replacing the personal computer in many households.

The one area where the iPad has struggled to gain significant traction has been in the business world. Many business users currently use their iPad for replying to emails, taking notes at a meeting, or using it in the field, but with the exception of some basic line of business applications that have been rolled out to the iPad, the general extent of the use of an iPad in a business setting stops there. That will likely change drastically with Microsoft’s recent launch of Microsoft Office for the iPad. Previously, iPad users could only read Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents, and would have to pay for third party apps in order to edit these documents. As of March 27th, now iPad users can download Microsoft Office for free in the App Store. Microsoft has designed the application specifically for the iPad, which creates the look and feel that business users are accustomed to.

While the app is free to download, in order to edit and save documents, users will need an Office 365 subscription. Office 365 is Microsoft’s subscription based Office platform in which you pay a monthly fee to always have the updated version of Microsoft Office. Personal plans range in price from $6.99 to $9.99 per month. Business plans that include the suite of Office products range from $12.50 to $20.00 per user per month. If your business already has a subscription to these Office 365 plans, then you will be all set to start using Microsoft Office on your iPad!

We already see the iPad in most households, and with Microsoft’s new app for the iPad, we will continue to see the use of an iPad increase in businesses everywhere. If you have any questions about this new rollout and how it can help your business, please be in touch with P&L Technology and we can guide you in the right direction.

written by: Matt Lieber - 4/15/2014