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

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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Free Office... for now.
by benali72 on Fri 7th Nov 2014 08:02 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

Goodness, anyone who thinks Office will still be free once it establishes its marketshare on these new platforms needs to read about the history of the company behind it and their marketing tactics.

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RE: Free Office... for now.
by avgalen on Fri 7th Nov 2014 15:01 in reply to "Free Office... for now."
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Okay, I will bite. Please tell me about a product that they used to give away but now charge for. I can give dozens of examples that used to be paid but are now actually free

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