Office for iPAd (WYSIWYG)

Microsoft last month released its native and rather nicely done Word, PowerPoint and Excel iPad apps as free downloads from the App Store. You’re limited to using these apps to view Microsoft Office documents on your tablet as editing and creating new ones requires one of the many Office 365 subscriptions available.

The iPad apps launched with Microsoft’s entry-level Office 365 Home subscription plan costing $9.99 per month. If you don’t want to pay ten bucks per month just to edit Office documents, Microsoft now offers a more affordable Personal plan for $6.99 per month…

According to the official Office blog, the new Office 365 Personal subscription plan allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including the iPad) to be connected to the service.

Also included in the tier: twenty gigabytes of OneDrive storage for one user and 60 minutes of Skype calls.

Microsoft is advertising the new tier as “the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365.”

Office for iPad (teaser 004)

By contrast, the previous $99 per month entry-level tier called Office 365 Home includes unlimited access to the Office applications for Windows, Mac and mobile on up to five different devices, with twenty gigabytes of free OneDrive storage and 60 free minutes of Skype calls per month.

Both Personal and Home plans are designed for home and non-commercial use.


The new Personal tier can be purchased at Microsoft Stores, via its online and retail partners and online at

At post time, only the Office 365 Home plan was available as an in-app purchase in Office for iPad apps (yes, Apple is getting its standard 30 percent cut).

You can sign up for a free 30-day Office 365 trial.

Don’t forget that Microsoft is also offering free web-based editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps (formerly known as Office Web Apps) that run inside Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome.

Earlier today, the Windows giant released these Office Online applications in Google’s Chrome Web Store.

You can download Word, ExcelPowerPoint and OneNote for iPad free in the App Store.

  • 01011001001

    still expensive…make it 1.99 a year and I’m in.

  • Al

    I’m dumbfounded by this.

    9.99 and can be shared upon 5 people.
    7.99 and can only be used by one individual.

    Don’t understand their ‘best option’ logic, it would be anyone best option to go with the 9.99 plan.

  • Matt Ashcraft

    I’ve used Office for years, mostly for Excel. Contrary to most comments that you’ll read soon; this is really the best affordable option compared to having to buy 1 of 4 different versions (one being a pretty bad Mac port) of office ranging from $149-$300 every two years to keep up with the most recent versions; for Business’ especially. Personal wasn’t so bad since you could use an outdated version forever, until you got the dreaded “itch” to get the latest upgrade.

  • Umm, what is this 6.99$ yearly just for editing my papers. I don’t get it, do they think since the word Microsoft is in the title everyone is going to jump on the gun.

    What happen if you decided that you no longer want to pay for the yearly subcrisption that you’ve been paying for a 1 year, 12months x 6.99=84$
    What happens to that money?

    I’ve been using pages and I must say it’s very good. I do all my work on there when I’m the bus on my way to school.

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  • Dan

    think I’ll just keep using Pages on my iPad and my purchased copy of office 2010 on PC.

  • jack


  • onebyone_

    Microsoft: you’re doing wrong
    Apple: You need to create a FREEMIUM category ASAP! to put there all scam & shitty apps.

    Thank you,

  • onebyone_

    This kind of apps is wrong, this is not innovation in any way.
    We only paid per month/year services related to multimedia and antivirus because they offer something different every month/year (new albums on spotify, updates for antivirus, new movies) not this!
    They will not bring me something REALLY NEW every month or every year.
    We use excel as we used years before. nothing is new just the UI.

    Microsoft think about it. we hate this kind of apps or (subscriptions)
    pages, numbers, keynote are enough for me.

    • ” because they offer something different every month/year”

      Uhm, like the updates you get every month? Office offers that too…

  • Please bring back Office 2010!

  • This new option is plain unfair marketing. Only the $9.99 makes sense for 5 people, the individual option should be $1.99/month. Oh well, guess it’s their way of saying spread the word and save, or keep it all to yourself and get screwed.

  • ins0mniac1

    “By contrast, the previous $99 per month”

    I think you mean $9.99 per month..