Microsoft Office app for iPhone launches, currently only available in the United States

Ian Hardy

June 14, 2013 7:21 am

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After a year of rumours and denial, Microsoft has finally released the “Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers.” As you guessed it the app is currently only available to those who have an active Office 365 subscription. In addition, Office Mobile is currently optimized for the iPhone and no word on when an optimized iPad app will be released. The big downer for many users is that the app is only available via the App Store in the United States… no indication of when Microsoft will make it available in Canada or other countries. However, it’s progress.

The Office Mobile app allows you to view and edit Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint docs that are stored in the cloud from your iPhone (iOS 6.1 or higher).

Source: iTunes
Via: Engadget

  • Boris Bonilla

    Bring this app to BB10 and I won’t care how much it costs to get it!
    Good job Microsoft! At the end of the day, apps are like programs and should be available for all mobile devices!

    Just as programs were available for all desktops and laptops…

  • wildspin

    The biggest downer is the $99 you are asked to pay each year for Office 365 subscription … unless the business you work for is picking up the tab. I don’t see any reason why many other cheaper or free alternatives can’t cut the mustard.

    • Philosoraptor

      Because you get what you pay for. I was an Open Office and Libre Office user for a long time, but I switched to Microsoft Office because of the way I can combine notes from multiple collaborators into a single document.
      I don’t have Office 365 though. The regular version is fine for me.

  • Tom

    When I had my iPod touch, I ended up signing up an iTunes account with a fake US address (no proxies needed) just so I could install Skype which was US-only at the time.

    If things remain the same in 2013, you should be able to use this “trick” to get Office 365 in Canada. Heck, I won’t be surprised if many iOS users already have an “American” iTunes account.

  • Jeremy Deats

    It’s a strategic move to help keep MS Office relevant. In the post PC world we’re in Office is being challenged by good-enough counterparts that are free (LibreOffice) and more niche trendy offerings that have more novelty (e.g. what Apple’s KeyNote App is to PowerPoint). It’s only a matter of time before corporations will realize the licenses cost to maintain Office isn’t worth it because once they shed Office they can shed Windows licensing fees as well.

    • Philosoraptor

      LibreOffice sucks compared to MS Office. It’s fine for the basic user, but it lacks features. I’m also unsure about business licensing. Isn’t it free for personal use only?

    • Tom

      Two words: Visual Basic.

      VB macros are still a large part of the corporate world and will only run on MS’s Office. OpenOffice, iWork, etc can’t run VB macros. Macros are critical for Excel spreadsheets if you want to automate your data processing as much as possible.

      Also, we’re far from being in a post-PC world. The need to own multiple PCs has certainly diminished, but everyone’s still doing their assignments on a PC with a keyboard and mouse, and people making the software for your ARM devices have to use PCs for that stuff. Note: I’m including Macs and Linux when I refer to PCs, i.e. any x86 desktop OS.