Microsoft Store locations to offer 1 free year of Office 365 to people who bring in iPad

Today's long awaited Office on iPad announcement will likely be welcomed by the tens of millions of owners of Apple's tablets who wanted a full version of Microsoft's office apps. However, the ability to create and edit documents on those apps requires an Office 365 subscription.

Today, the Microsoft Store website revealed a new promotion designed to get iPad owners to come into their retail store locations. Starting on Friday, the first 50 people who bring in their iPad to each Microsoft Store location will get Office 365 Home Premium for one year for free. Normally, that subscription costs $99.99 a year.

The Home Premium version allows one user to install Office programs on up to five Windows and Mac PCs, along with up to five tablets. If a household has more than one iPad, this would be a huge help in getting them to use Office apps and having them work with their PC and Mac counterparts.

By the way, the upcoming Office 365 Personal subscription, which will cost $69.99 a year, will also allow for one tablet, including an iPad, to use Office apps, along with one Windows/Mac PC. It will become available later this spring.

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I just wanted to post my experience from Friday evening.

I went to the Roosevelt Field Mall Microsoft Specialty Store with my iPad Mini Retina. I wasn't expecting much since it is limited to the first 50 people and I was arriving at 7PM.

I got there and I was the first one to inquire about it. It is pretty painless. They ask you to take a picture with their Lumia Windows Phone and also ask you for your phone number and first name. They text you a link to the photo (they ask you to share it bu they didn't enforce that. Even if they did, I was prepared to share it to a Private Google + Circle. No reason I should make that public) and hand you a Key Code good for one year from when you activate it. People are really missing out on a good deal from Microsoft.

I don't see myself using it on the iPad Mini Retina much but none the less it is good to have. I will be using it on my PC however.

Like I said, in another post...I don't get it (from a business standpoint). This offer give absolutely zero...Z-E-R-O....zero, incentive for any person to want to buy a Microsoft tablet at all. Moreso. let alone free Office 365 for those users choosing to use the competition? LOL...I don't get it.

I know Nadella is an engineer who specializes in the cloud, but when it comes to business.....I don't know.

VictorWho said,
Like I said, in another post...I don't get it (from a business standpoint). This offer give absolutely zero...Z-E-R-O....zero, incentive for any person to want to buy a Microsoft tablet at all. Moreso. let alone free Office 365 for those users choosing to use the competition? LOL...I don't get it.

I know Nadella is an engineer who specializes in the cloud, but when it comes to business.....I don't know.

Microsoft's primary goal (in this case) is to sell Office, not hardware. Hardware gets more Office sales, Windows gets more Office sales, Macs, iOS, Android get Office sales. Getting people on Office 365 is a yearly money maker for them.

ACTIONpack said,
If a bring in a picture of an iPad, will I get it free a year? ;-)

If you need to bring a stone slate, you get life time subscription.