Microsoft Office hits iPhone, limited to Office 365 subscribers

Microsoft has quietly released an Office application for iPhone. Though it is available to download for free, Microsoft requires users to be subscribers of Office 365 to actually use the application.

The application comes with Word, Excel and Powerpoint, making the documents usable on iPhone. It also supports cross-platform symmetry with cloud sharing, SkyDrive. Users can easily access recently opened documents on desktop on mobile and vice versa.

By expanding to iPhone, Microsoft is able to expand its already ubiquitous software to one of the most widely used mobile platforms around the world. Though has recently placed a high emphasis on its own Windows Phone platform, offering an iPhone application will help support the Office 365 service. The iPhone app installation will not count against the five total installations.

Though currently available on iPhone, an optimized iPad application can probably be expected. Before this, Apple only offered their own set of applications for the iOS platform, Pages.

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Publish date: June 14, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT