Office Mobile for iPhone and Android smartphones now free for home use

Microsoft may have released Office for iPad today but what about all those iPhone devices, along with Android smartphones? While Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hinted strongly that a full version of Office is in the works for those platforms, the company has announced today that the previously released Office Mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones are now free to download and use for home users.

The announcement was made as part of the Office for iPad post on the Microsoft's Office blog. Previously, Office Mobile required a Office 365 subscription, but that has now been eliminated for home use. Office 365 is still required if the apps are used for business purposes; Office Mobile for Windows Phone is already free to download and use.

Aside from the change in pricing, there's been no other major updates in the new versions of Office Mobile for iPhone and Android. There's still no support for Android tablets, and while the apps allow for the creation, editing and reading of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, they cannot handle many of the more advanced editing features. However, as we mentioned earlier, it sounds like full versions of Office are coming to those platforms sooner rather than later.

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It's good to be free.
But, I still will NOT use it.
Why? It's because I need to be online to edit document. No way! I don't want to share my documents with Microsoft.

I tried it earlier today but wasn't impressed.

It doesn't support password protected files, which makes it useless for me - there are countless free alternatives on Android that have better functionality.

Nice but until there is a version that doesn't require sign-in i will stay with Kingsoft office on my phone.

Functionality wise, Office Mobile on iPhones (and on Androids by extension) is very lacking. Can't zoom out of a document, documents aren't reproduced as they would on a desktop, no PowerPoint component, etc. Though seeing how the Office apps for the iPad turned out, hopefully they'll improve the app very soon.

Works great on my BlackBerry Z10. Office to Go is ok but certainly lacking in some areas. Can't wait to put power point through its paces.

Microsoft has found a fool proof way of killing off their own devices! Seriously Office for free on Surface (and being able to install office on Surface Pro) was a huge selling point, saying look you r can actually be productive on our device rather than just play games and read the paper!

you can read and view documents with the apps available today for the ipad. The Office included on the surface is the full suite including outlook and also allows you to edit and stuff. To be able to edit on the ipad apps you will need a 365 subscription, so not really killing anything off on their own devices.

So this is why my Android installation is not counting towards my 5 installations in my Office 365 Home Premium subscription. Good!

am i not using the app right? this seems like its lacking many features. i can only change the text to three different colors for one example. where are the other colors?

they are all office apps.

i think you meant "how" instead of "what" though, right? try them yourself and see

CJ33 said,
they are all office apps.

i think you meant "how" instead of "what" though, right? try them yourself and see


Was on my phone so my bad for typo :p
And too lazy to try all features and compare :/

Seahorsepip said,
What are these apps compared to quickoffice on android?

QuickOffice is better IMO. But I don't tend to use MS file formats so I prefer Docs or other ODF viewers.

simplezz said,

QuickOffice is better IMO. But I don't tend to use MS file formats so I prefer Docs or other ODF viewers.

quick office is piece of crap. it both messes you document formating and awkward to edit them, very bad editing features. I have all, Kingsoft is OK but if they improve it MS office obviously has advantage because most documents formatted in MS Office

Seriously, is Microsoft abandoning the devices part of their "devices and services" business model? Apple hasn't release any of their iWork or iLife mobile products to Android or Microsoft. Microsoft has to know that hardly anyone will think twice to buy a Surface or a Windows Phone product. Like i said on another thread, there is zero reason to buy Microsoft hardware.

Could this be because of Google Doc's ability to handle extensions, thus giving their (online) Office Suite the potential to match feature for feature with Office? Could it be that Microsoft is having an identity crisis, where in one hand they think that they are Apple and on the other hand they think they are Google?

The biggest winner of this Office mobile to Android are Google Chromebooks....without question. I have said this before and I'll say it again, there is no need for the majority people of this world to use full Microsoft Office. I would say that those people can go through life using Google Docs, iWork, and even Office Online. Chromebook users can use Office Online and save their docs on Google Drive or Office Online....and open and edit them on another Google OS? The same OS, that Microsoft has spoken very badly against?

From a consumer standpoint, this is awesome. However, from a business standpoint...I don't get it.

Umm... "Office" is not a device, it's a service. Services are meant to be cross-platform, which is why they are bringing it. If you notice, these apps are very limited compared to what the Windows versions can do. From a business standpoint it makes sense because they can get more Office subscriptions from people who don't prefer using Windows, or even if they chose to switch to the better Windows option later they can still use their same subscription. That's the beauty of Office. Also, with their devices (Surface + phones) you get the full version for free, whereas with others you get a limited version and need a subscription.

who cares, money they make from their server and cloud is far more than what they make for devices. I believe eventually they will get the devices part right as well. but as for now its a very good move and huge step toward right direction. Also remember, platform is more important than devices. people use different devices, but they will all could use the same cloud service. unlike mobile devices Microsoft Cloud business is actually very successful and far ahead of google.

it's probably about propitiatory formats. the more .docx out there the more people need microsoft. In other news, a software maker giving away software might be a bad move. An ad company like google intentionally harming customers who have a windows phone... is a bad move.

Apple's iWork suite aren't 'best in class' and releasing them for Windows wouldn't help that, so the dev costs wouldn't be worth it.

They did release iTunes however. And the reasoning behind releasing Office for these devices is the same reasoning Apple used to release iTunes for Windows (and rumours of Android iTunes lately as well)

DomZ said,
Apple's iWork suite aren't 'best in class' and releasing them for Windows wouldn't help that, so the dev costs wouldn't be worth it.

They did release iTunes however. And the reasoning behind releasing Office for these devices is the same reasoning Apple used to release iTunes for Windows (and rumours of Android iTunes lately as well)

Not to mention Office for Mac has been a staple of the Mac Ecosystem for years now, it's demo version is included with MacOS.. making it the Only Demo software Apple bundles with a new Mac.

Microsoft could be a d**k like Google and Apple and not offer their services on the competition aka Windows Phone, but they chose not to be that company. I'm ok with that

wv@gt said,
Microsoft could be a d**k like Google and Apple and not offer their services on the competition aka Windows Phone, but they chose not to be that company. I'm ok with that

It's not about being a dick, it's about continue to push your platform. Microsoft has sort of shown up late to the game here, and while they'd probably enjoy selling millions of hardware devices along with their powerful ecosystem, they're quite simply not in the same position to make that happen.

With that in mind, the next best option is to make use of the hardware devices that have already saturated the market between Android and iOS. In doing so, they can prevent Office alternatives from gaining traction and bring in additional income.

It's not like Microsoft is doing it out of the kindness of their hearts. Hell, Apple might just see the light one day too, as I recall there being rumor of consideration for iTunes on non-Apple devices too.

Money makes the world go round after all...

VictorWho said,
Seriously, is Microsoft abandoning the devices part of their "devices and services" business model? Apple hasn't release any of their iWork or iLife mobile products to Android or Microsoft. Microsoft has to know that hardly anyone will think twice to buy a Surface or a Windows Phone product. Like i said on another thread, there is zero reason to buy Microsoft hardware.

Could this be because of Google Doc's ability to handle extensions, thus giving their (online) Office Suite the potential to match feature for feature with Office? Could it be that Microsoft is having an identity crisis, where in one hand they think that they are Apple and on the other hand they think they are Google?

The biggest winner of this Office mobile to Android are Google Chromebooks....without question. I have said this before and I'll say it again, there is no need for the majority people of this world to use full Microsoft Office. I would say that those people can go through life using Google Docs, iWork, and even Office Online. Chromebook users can use Office Online and save their docs on Google Drive or Office Online....and open and edit them on another Google OS? The same OS, that Microsoft has spoken very badly against?

From a consumer standpoint, this is awesome. However, from a business standpoint...I don't get it.

Keeps people away from GDocs or moving to GDocs.

It is limited to OneDrive, creating more customers for Microsoft, and again keeping them away from the Google ecosystem.

Ryoken said,

Not to mention Office for Mac has been a staple of the Mac Ecosystem for years now, it's demo version is included with MacOS.. making it the Only Demo software Apple bundles with a new Mac.

What are you talking about, Office is not bundled as a demo with OS X. You can order Office as a BTO but Apple does not bundle demo software with a new device.

Jundor said,
What are you talking about, Office is not bundled as a demo with OS X. You can order Office as a BTO but Apple does not bundle demo software with a new device.

Well tell that to the last 2 Mac's I got. iMac and MBA, both same with Office installed on a 30 day trial, both straight from Apple.

Calvin Harris- Feel so Close was on the radio when I read your comment- your avatar dances perfectly with that song. Made me smile.

That seems reasonable. The phone versions are functional but very basic. Even the Windows Phone version is more like a mobile version of WordPad than full Word.

Android to huh....niiiice. Never had a need to edit documents on my phone/tablet...but viewing them, all the time. Using Google Docs to view ATM, but better compatibility with Office. Going to try it tonight. :)

There are already many options on Android. Docs as you stated, as well as Google's QuickOffice for MS formats. There's also a plethora of ODF viewer apps on the Play store.