Apple’s recommended iPad Pro accessory: Microsoft Office 365 subscription

By , Mar 24, 2016

Office 365 recommendation for iPad Pro on Apple Online Store web screenshot

Apple this morning started accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro in thirteen territories total. Surprisingly enough, the Apple Online Store offers iPad Pro shoppers Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions as a recommended iPad accessory.

As first noted by The Verge, Microsoft Office 365 also appears as a recommended option when purchasing other iPad models, including the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 4.

While this might come as a surprise, I’m not shocked.

Apple has positioned the iPad Pro as the ultimate PC replacement and anyone who’s going to do any serious work on their iPad will need Microsoft Office apps. True, Apple provides its own suite of iWork productivity apps at no charge—Pages, Keynote and Numbers—but I think even Apple is aware that their offering is not yet on par with Microsoft Office apps, which now support the Apple Pencil, by the way.

It should be noted that while Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and other productivity apps from Microsoft are available free on the App Store, owners of the iPad Pro are required to subscribe to Office 365 in order to use these apps due to Microsoft’s policy which treats larger tablets as non-mobile devices.

Office 365 subscriptions are available through the In-App Purchase mechanism and start at $6.99 for Office 365 Personal, which gives you access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps on both your iPad and Mac.

Source: The Verge

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  • Jamessmooth

    I agree, not surprising to me either, but crazy to see how this relationship has formed throughout the years. I have the 12.9″ iPad Pro, and have an office subscription, and it does seem to get the job done. I had to draw up some invoices on a recent flight using excel and acrobat. While I completed everything I needed to get done, I think it would have gone much faster on a mac or pc. There is a learning curve to using office on iPad, that’s for sure.

    • Gregg

      Does MS Office have the auto save feature? I’ve found that to be such a nice touch – makes SAVING documents so much less of a hassle, taking away the accidental “oops, I didn’t mean to hit ‘no’ to the ‘Save changes?’ pop up” (or whatever the dialog window says)

      • Jamessmooth

        It does, but with the work I do I usually work from one document and need to “save as”. I haven’t found a convenient way to do that without turning the auto save feature off. Maybe I’m missing something or haven’t dug into it enough.

      • Gregg

        Thanks for the info.

  • 5723alex .

    Apple cuts 35% profit and Microsoft probably added some $$ too.

    • Gregg

      Very likely. They need the exposure.

  • noracuts

    Can anyone truly say that an iOS device can be a full PC replacement?? I don’t think so. The closes tablet PC replacement is the Surface Pro. It’s not even close.

    To me an iPad Pro should run OSX

    • @sexyhamthing

      To me an iPad Pro should run OSX

      OSX is a pain in the ass to use with a mouse, much less a finger or stylus 🙁

      • Gregg

        I quite enjoy it. It’s Windows without its annoyances. Would never go back.