Word 1.1 for iiPad (Photo Cropping)

Windows maker Microsoft has just refreshed its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad with support for month-to-month Office 365 subscriptions, the team announced today in a blog post.

Before, users were only able to buy a yearly Office 365 subscription within the Office for iPad apps.

Starting today, the refreshed Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications allow you to take advantage of Apple’s In-App Subscription feature to buy recurring monthly subscriptions for Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home.

A monthly subscription for Office 365 Personal is priced at $6.99 per month. Office 365 Home will run you $9.99 per month. These month-to-month payments compare to the previously available $99.99 annual subscription for Office 365 Home.

As you can see for yourself, monthly subscriptions are available at a lower price compared to the annual payment option. I’ve included Microsoft’s feature matrix below for a better understanding of the various Office 365 tiers and payment options.

Office for iPad (payment options, subscription tiers)

The Office 365 Personal tier is for people who want to use Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on one tablet and a single Mac or Windows PC. The Office 365 Home tier is for individual customers and families wishing to use Office apps on up to five computers and five tablets.

Office for iPad (monthly subscriptions)

If you’ve already purchased Office 365 Home for one year, you’ll continue on the same subscription. “If you buy a monthly subscription on your iPad, you can switch to an annual subscription from your iPad, or from iTunes on your PC or Mac,” the team noted.

[App Store via The Office Blogs]

  • Domodo

    For $7 per month and the amount of online storage, the service is unmatched by all competition.

    • The offering for students isn’t too bad if only due to the fact that you get 1tb of OneDrive storage…

      • AppleFanboy

        It’s also way cheaper at $79.99 for 4 years ($1.67/month).

  • chjode

    Office 365 Home looks like a heckuva deal once the new version of Office for Mac comes out (Office 2014?). I already have Office 2011, so I don’t gain anything until there is a new version.

    • James Gunaca

      Hoping for an announcement from Microsoft on Office for Mac update soon. Growing impatient!

  • omrishtam

    still subscription when everyone offers it for free…

    • stulaw01

      Who offers it for free? Google Apps is no longer free; its $5/user per month for only 30gb of storage, or $10/user per month for 1TB; which this Office 365 is 1TB and $7/month..

      This is exchange email that can be used with a custom domain for small businesses too AND you get online and desktop Office which buying office alone is $100+. I use Google Apps (still have a free account from back in the day) and have a whopping 15gb of storage and Google docs is no comparison to online office from testing. Google docs butchers formatting of basic word docs.

      There are no more free solutions like this, and this is cheaper the even Google’s offering.

      • James Gunaca

        iCloud + iWork is free.

      • stulaw01

        iCould give you 5gb of storage and iWork is nowhere near enterprise level for collaborators or features of Google Docs or Office online

        Plus, not everybody owns an Apple product believe it or not.

      • James Gunaca

        Just pointing out it is free. And 5GB isn’t measley just for storing productivity docs. And it doesn’t require an Apple device.

      • Eli aka Mr. Haha

        James is right, as of right now Office has the advantage as far as enterprise level collaboration, BUT Apple’s advantage is that not only are their offerings free, but can be easily accessed from any computer with an internet browser without the need to install the actual software itself. I do see stulaw01’s point, Apple needs to step up their game a bit more to compete on an Enterprise level on all areas, but their advantages in my own opinion far exceed those of Office360.

      • Only advantage is to Apple device users; they gain offline use of the software. Every other competitor have their own more advanced online doc editors.

      • James Gunaca

        Apple isn’t going after the Enterprise workforce with iWork; that much is clear. But for simple spreadsheets and word processing, maybe even a few presentations…iWork has a better value prop (free & web based) than Microsoft’s offering which is subscription based.

  • justme

    monthly subscription + Office360 = meh

  • Eli aka Mr. Haha

    Not being a fanboy, but I think I’ll stick to Pages, Keynote, & Numbers since they’re free lol