Under Satya Nadella Microsoft is taking some rather intriguing steps. Just yesterday the company announced that it is integrating Dropbox with Office, so files stored in the former’s cloud can be opened up and edited directly through Office apps on mobile. Microsoft has made another Office-related announcement today. It has announced that starting today Microsoft Office for iOS will be free.
The apps have always been free, but they only allowed users to view content. Those who wanted the ability to edit documents on their iPhone or iPad needed to subscribe to Office 365. Not anymore. Office for iOS apps will now allow users to view and edit their files even if they don’t have an Office 365 subscription.
This doesn’t mean that Office 365 subscribers won’t have access to some privileges. They’ll continue to benefit from the full Office experience across multiple devices, and will have access to advanced editing and collaboration features, apart from unlimited OneDrive storage, Dropbox integration and more.
Updates have also been released today for the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and iPad. Microsoft also announced the preview of Office for Android tablets, you can sign up here to get access to that app. The company also confirmed that touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 are currently being developed.