Office Mobile for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Office Mobile for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

After months of speculation and years of waiting, Windows maker Microsoft has finally relented and released the official Office suite on iOS. But don’t get your hopes up too high, it isn’t what you’ve been looking for.

As the lengthy name suggests, ‘Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers’ (seriously, Microsoft?) requires an Office 365 subscription, is iPhone-only and is more of an Office companion than a full-blown productivity application.

You can edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the go, though we’re talking limited editing capability here. Go past the fold for the full info…

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As for document viewing, complex layouts are supported such as charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. Of course, all edits to a document made on your iPhone reflect on your other devices thanks to SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint support.

Some of the editing and sharing features:

Edit – You can make quick edits to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Documents Remain Intact – Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
Edit While Offline – Your device doesn’t have to be continuously connected to the network to work on an Office document that is stored online. You can view and edit recently used documents even while you’re offline. Your changes will be saved online when your device reconnects to the network or to Wi-Fi.
Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
Comments – You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.
Share – When you’re done with your edits or comments, simply send the document in email or save it to SkyDrive or SharePoint.

As you’d expect, you can use the app to open Office attachments in email messages.

Office Mobile for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Office Mobile for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

In addition to an Office 365 subscription, Microsoft Office 2013 on a PC is needed for features like recent documents and resume reading.

The app iscompatible with iPhone 4/4S/5 and fifth-gen iPod touch and requires iOS 6.1 or later. You can download it free from the App Store.

Somebody tell Microsoft’s ad people that iPads can edit Office documents, too.

  • Evangeloz Tsalikidis

    HELL NAH .

    • Yash Gorana

      sheesh. this sucks as compared to pages numbers and keynote

  • David Gitman

    Huh why do i need to buy it for 99$

    • Sounding like you’ll own it forever when you do pay for it….unfortunately, that’s just a 1 year subscription.

  • Jerry

    I declare that the advertisement ridiculing iPad is no longer valid!

  • Pod2g2

    Isn’t available at my country’s app store…!!:(

  • ExRoot

    I was so excited I didn’t even read the article. Went straight to the store. Article is right. This is some subscription based nonsense. I’m looking for a replacement for iWork’s. in particular Pages which I hate but need. What a disappointment. No iPad version yet and the iPhone version will not install on the iPad. Just give us a scaled down version of Office and i’ll be happy. Please Microsoft.

  • f1ght3r

    Not a chance in hell I’m paying $99 for a mobile office.

  • Chuck Finley

    No shit has Microsoft not released a fully functional Office app for iOS. Sit down, use your brains and try not to be too blinded by the fact you’re a moronic Apple fanboy and think about it, if Microsoft released a full Office app for iOS there would be even less reason to use PC’s/Microsoft software/Windows etc. Is that a smart business move? Do you really need an answer to that?

    Of /course/ Microsoft are holding their hand close to their chest, for starters it’s not like iOS is their actual target considering most offices around the world still use Windows and the Office suite for these things and secondly Microsoft releasing a full blown Office suite on iOS is just another step towards them losing more market share.

    And if you say “HURR DURR THAT’S A GOOD THING” then you’re an idiot fanboy who doesn’t realise that Microsoft is a business and they’re interested in making money, not appeasing moronic Apple fanboys who can’t shut up about Microsoft vs Apple. It’s simple business.

    • Rowan09

      It is actually a smart idea because they will make money from software just like they make Office for the Mac.

      • tell me about it, at least you think about MS plans… all the others here are just a bunch of nagging isheeps.

      • Rowan09

        It is a iforum but I appreciate good software and Office is the best. I would never get the 360 nonsense though there are too many other alternativ

    • Timothy Ems

      Actually you are to stupid to realize we don’t need Microsoft crap taken up our Apple HD space. Use Skydrive and have the Microcrap apps you need for free. And BTW maybe you have missed this memo, more and more business are switching from Microsoft to other platforms. Mainly because Microsoft trying to make more money decided to shaft the business world chasing consumers. They now suck at business as much as they do with consumers. I have a Surface RT, had it for a week and only paid $100 for it. I’m already lining up potential buyers for this POS. First update = crash. Recalibration of the screen = cannot even get it to recognize a swipe to login. Not everyone talking smack about Microsoft is an isheep Fan Boy, most of us are just intelligent enough to decide we want something that works and is worth the money. That doesn’t mean it has to be Apple…it just means it is nothing tagged with Microshit. So go pay your money to use something that you can have for free. I’ll stick with the free version because even that is still not up to par with the cost.

    • Andy

      Microsoft Office on mobile devices were never meant to replace the full experience of Office on desktops. Also, competition is a good thing, users have more choice in choosing what software they like to use. That’s why Office for Mac is available on OS X and why iTunes is available for Windows. Yes, companies could just keep software for themselves but that’s not the most smart business move to make. I can’t imagine how Microsoft releasing software on more platforms would affect their market share negatively. It benefits them and everyone who uses Office.

      • Timothy

        Yet Google Drive and Apple Pages are either free or offer an incomparably larger amount of functionality on iOS. No matter how you look at it, Microsoft just scared a whole lot of iOS users away from Office, which is ok by me since I already use Drive or Pages anyway.

    • Timothy

      Then why does Google have nearly all of its services readily available on iOS? From Google Drive/Docs to Android’s stock browser, Chrome, iOS has them too.

      • ‘Cause google is all about commercializing it’s users like puppets; you’re the product…totally different marketing tactic.

      • Timothy

        Google can *have* my notes from college government. There’s no way I’m paying Microsoft to use an under-powered text editor for college or anything else. And if you don’t want to be “the product,” Pages is a flat fee, with much more powerful features on iOS, and with great iPad support. After people have waited for years for Office on iOS, Microsoft gives them this.

      • Not arguing about any of that, just answered your blatant question of why Google has all its services readily available on iOS….

  • Davinci

    Thank you very much nice review!!

  • Timothy Ems

    WTF people? Any device, any platform…open internet explorer, safari, chrome, etc. and go to Skydrive. Oh look all the shitty Microcrap apps you need for work are available for…what is that you say…..FREE. OMG no way. Yes. So stop paying for this crap and just use what MS has offered you for free. It is pretty sad that Microsoft thinks Office is enough to keep it’s user base.

    • Mistrjon

      What? That’s not even coherent.

    • JT

      What are you on about? Office 365 is a different experience then Office 2013. The 365 version is for companies and smaller bussiness. Its cross platform from computer-tablet-and now phone. Everything stored thru their cloud service (skydrive). Its not even thesame product/solution as the free stuff is. Uncompareable. Office 2013 is a normal office. That you can whine about

  • Josh Hazard

    Man some of you are just ignorant and jump to conclusions. This app only works if you use/have an Office 365 subscription, which gives you all office programs on the computer, and access to your documents on your phone.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    This is why I respect Google over Microsoft. At least the apps that Google releases for iOS are appealing with a plethora of features. Office 365 is completely stripped of anything remotely useful. If Microsoft wants to impress and justify its stab at the iPad, this is NOT the way to do it.

  • Tony Klapatch

    “…The app iscompatible with…” you mean “is compatible”

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  • JT

    Office 365 targets companies and small bussiness. Its overkill for a private person to use at home. Hence subscription