Office for iPad now supports monthly subscriptions but it doesn't make cents

Microsoft has announced today that you can now buy an Office 365 subscription inside of the Office apps for the iPad. The move is said to be made for convenience for those who downloaded the apps but do not have an Office 365 subscription, but would like to sign up for the service.

One of the rumored sticking points that resulted in Office taking some time to show up in the App Store was that Apple gets a 30% cut of the sales. It was supposedly because of this that Microsoft did not include this option from the start but, nonetheless, here we are with the in-app purchase now in place.

The in-app purchase makes sense as revenue is revenue right? That's likely the mindset that Microsoft adopted as they are committed to having their software on all platforms and opening up new revenue streams.

But using the in-app purchase option doesn't make a lot of sense, or cents either, as there are cheaper options available.

Using the in-app purchase feature, at a minimum, it will set you back about $84 to buy a subscription for Office 365 Personal. But, if you head on over to Amazon, you can get a personal subscription for Office 365 personal for $48, almost half of that of the in-app price. That works out to $4 a month and on top of that, you get 1TB of OneDrive storage too. That's a steal considering that 1TB of Dropbox storage will cost you $99 a year and that is only for storage. 

The new in-app feature is now live but we would avoid it and go the Amazon route and use the extra change to buy a few beers and a subscription (that removes the ads) on Neowin.

Source: Microsoft

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I'm sorry, but you have all missed the REAL conspiracy theory. Neowin is in cahoots with Apple and Microsoft so that they can get us all to go the cheaper route and then buy a Neowin subscription. /s

When you belong to the Cult of the iFruit, paying more to ensure that Apple gets a cut means that you're more pious.

It makes a lot of sense, and cents... for Apple. They could offer it for a competitive price but this isn't the real world, this is iOS. People pay whatever Apple asks them to pay.

It doesn't have to make sense, its for the typical Apple customer that just wants to click and be done and doesn't care about the cost. Everyone else knows how to get a better deal. They also have to cover the ~30% Apple store in-app purchase tax.

It makes sense when you consider that you get $60 Skype credits a month, 1TB of OneDrive space and especially when its's only $63.99 for a year's subscription. This will kill Pages and Docs subscriptions.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009SPTUW2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I don't know of anyone who uses an iPad for their sole productivity device. Since most people use Office on a PC or even a Mac, it makes sense to use this. you can always browse to Outlook.com for the free version of Office if you really need a "free" version. You get what you pay for and this is far superior to Pages or Docs.

I think this just for user convenience. Hey, you don't want to shop around, then be my guess, pay more, thus it doesn't make cents!

I see it as a way for Microsoft to get people to purchase their subscriptions outside of the app, where all revenue will go towards Microsoft, rather than giving Apple 30% cut in subscriptions.

Always shop around for better prices.

Andrew Lyle said,
I see it as a way for Microsoft to get people to purchase their subscriptions outside of the app, where all revenue will go towards Microsoft, rather than giving Apple 30% cut in subscriptions.

Always shop around for better prices.

While Amazon probably don't get 30% I hope you don't think they do it for fun...... everybody takes their cut somewhere.

Andrew Lyle said,
I see it as a way for Microsoft to get people to purchase their subscriptions outside of the app, where all revenue will go towards Microsoft, rather than giving Apple 30% cut in subscriptions.

Always shop around for better prices.

While it makes sense for the tech geeks like you and me who are up to date with what's happening (even then, despite being an avid follower of almost all Microsoft news, I didn't know about the Amazon deal), most people really don't know how much it should cost anyways.

So, the only reason Microsoft is doing this is because some review sites pointed it out as a con that you need a subscription but can't buy it from the app. So, they gave them the option - if you want to pay more, well, do it, as long as you don't criticise our product and generate bad publicity.