Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Nov 2014 14:06 UTC

Microsoft's Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Starting today, you'll no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web. You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all. Microsoft is also releasing a brand new iPhone app today, alongside a preview of Office for Android tablets, all with Dropbox integration.

The news I've been waiting for. The fact that it's going to be free is very nice, but the Android tablet version specifically has me very excited. Office is the number one tool with which I earn my living, and having the proper Office on my Xperia Z2 Tablet is a godsend.

The past decade of sweeping changes in the computing industry is finally truly taking hold inside Microsoft.

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Is it any good?
by ingraham on Thu 6th Nov 2014 16:21 UTC
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Coincidentally, I also have an Xperia Z2 tablet. I recently took a short trip where I decided to take it and NOT my usual laptop. I have a desktop stand (with the magnetic charger, even), a Bluetooth keyboard, and a Bluetooth mouse. All I was going to be doing was checking Facebook and email and maybe some Plants vs Zombies. What I found was that the tablet was terrible. The keyboard and mouse weren't just second-class citizens, they barely worked. PvZ was unplayable with a mouse; it would fail to move for a few seconds at time, fail to click, sometimes DELAY click, which in combination with failing to click caused me to mis-double click, etc. Web-surfing drove me nuts. I use the scroll wheel, and it behave erratically at best when trying to scroll down, say, the main page of Ars Technica looking at headlines. I can't imagine trying to rely on it for work in Office.

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RE: Is it any good?
by hobgoblin on Fri 7th Nov 2014 23:00 in reply to "Is it any good?"
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Could be bluetooth related.

Either an overly aggressive power saving profile, or low battery on the devices (as crazy as it sounds).

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