After many rumors and speculations, Microsoft quietly released Microsoft Office for iOS last Friday. With this release we have some good news, and as always, some bad news.
We can start with the good news. The application is free from Apple’s AppStore, and you can edit frequently accessed files offline. Even create blank Word and Excel files from scratch or, pull documents from the cloud or an email to work on directly.
Following up with the bad news. The app is only for iPhone and iPod no iPad support. This seems odd to me since it would feel more natural to edit documents on an iPad. Lastly you must have a subscription to Office 365 to take advantage of this “free” app.
Wrapping things up, it’s great to finally see Microsoft Office on the iPhone and iPod, but with the subscription and lack of iPad support, I don’t see this being something to just jump out and subscribe to. There are plenty of other apps that allow you to do the same thing such as Pages ($9.99), Quickoffice Pro HD ($19.99), and Smart Office 2 ($9.99).