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

Shortly after Microsoft brought the mobile edition of Office to the iPhone last summer, fans of the Windows giant’s productivity software cried foul as the app came across to them as more of an Office companion for mobile than a full-blown productivity application.

Although available free of charge and with editing functionality for your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, the app initially required an Office 365 subscription – much like the newly released Office for iPad. But not anymore.

Started today, Microsoft is making both the iPhone edition of Office and the version for Android smartphones free for everyone, like on Windows Phone. And to reflect the updated business model, the app has been rechristened and is now simply called Office Mobile for iPhone – much shorter and easier to remember than ‘Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers’, which used to be its full name before…

The change was announced in a post over at the Office blog earlier today.

“Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone,” wrote the team. “With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go.”

In addition to this change, Office Mobile for iPhone version 1.1 includes a few bug fixes and stability improvements. By the way, the app could use some redesigning: it’s 2014 and it still doesn’t use the new iOS 7 keyboard!

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Lory reviewed Office Mobile for iPhone and came away pretty unimpressed.

The app struck her as “an absolute renaissance masterpiece” and said Microsoft has “miles to go” before Office Mobile can even be uttered in the same breathe as other document apps. Her complaint was not so much about the features as about the Office 365 subscription requirements and the app’s reliance on the cloud.

Now that Microsoft has removed these hurdles, it’s become a whole lot more useful, don’t you think?

Download Office Mobile for iPhone free in the App Store.

iOS 7.0 or later is required.

  • Framboogle

    Who cares? iWork is better.

    • But it’s not free.

      • Eric M

        Yes it is.

      • Andy

        It’s only free for newly bought devices.

      • Plus 8 dollars if you got a non-new iDevice..

      • $10 for Pages, $10 for Numbers, $10 for Keynote = $30 != $8

      • XboxOne

        $8 is a lot!

    • -1. Cannot down vote because disqus broke our comments.

    • Matt

      I’ll gladly switch to iWork – when the features that I need are implemented and the interface looks better than just four or five button on the top.

  • Sounds like they’ve given up on their Windows Phone business, ’cause afaik, this was the only advantage Windows Phones had…

  • My only complaint is that I wished that could pay solely for the word, like why do I have to pay 100$ for everything.

    • Consider contacting Microsof and giving them that great suggestion as a feedback. Would be a win-win for Microsoft and Consumers if the $10 bill could be split equally among all the current 8 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher), making the subscription $1.25/month for each application or $12.50/year.

  • jack

    I just tried it.. it sucks

    • Ryan / reeὶὶkѳ™

      i agree. i’d love to save & open files from my filesystem, like iFile

  • Gyroknight

    The article has an error. “… The app struck her as ‘an absolute renaissance masterpiece’…” is referring to the iWork apps in the original review. Your phrasing makes the Office app sound good, which was not the original intent.

  • The iOS 6 keyboard is so much better.

  • Matt

    But it says I need office 365 subscription

    • Sounds like you’re on iOS 6, like me. The free version requires you to downgrade to iOS 7…

      • Matt

        I’m on 7 all I had to do was update it