Office for iPad was finally launched recently. Even though the apps are available to download free of cost, they only allow viewing of documents. To unlock editing and creation features users have to get an Office 365 subscription. Last month Microsoft announced that it will offer a cheaper subscription package called Office 365 Personal. Today the plan goes live. Its great for individual users as it also opens up all features of Office for iPad.

A conventional Office 365 subscription costs $9.99 per month or 99.99 per year. It allows access to Office on five PCs or Macs as well as five tablets. Office 365 is a cheaper option. For $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, users can access the full power of Office on one PC or Mac as well as one tablet, which includes the iPad.

With both subscription plans customers get 20GB additional storage on top of the 7GB free online storage they already receive. Though on the Personal plan its only available for one user, whereas 20GB storage is offered for up to five users with a conventional Office 365 subscription. By offering two different plans Microsoft positions Office to deliver the most bang for the buck to a broader range of households, whether its a family of five or just one individual.

Once a subscription has been purchased, regardless of whatever plan they choose, users will also be able to edit Microsoft documents on smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices.

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