Microsoft (Finally) Makes Office for iOS Functional and Free

You may want to sit down for this one, because I’m about to praise Microsoft, a company whose products typically draw my ire multiple times per day…

Last week, Microsoft updated its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iOS, allowing basic editing of documents without having to have an Office 365 subscription. MS also added in Dropbox support for their iOS apps and made stand-alone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone, which replaces the lousy and unusable “Office Mobile” app for iPhone they previously put out. The iPad apps are worth the price: free. The iPhone apps are a little more cumbersome to use due to smaller screen sizes, but they’ll do in a pinch.

If you want advanced editing features like Track Changes in Word or PivotTables in Excel, however, you’ll need to have an Office 365 subscription, which MS has recently made more appealing by offering unlimited online OneDrive storage with an Office 365 subscription. Dropbox is still the superior service, but OneDrive going unlimited makes it a bit more attractive.

But the good news is that MS has apparently realized that making people pay for functionality that other mobile apps—such as Apple’s excellent Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps—have, for years, offered for free didn’t make a lot of sense. I’m all for a MS that is more focused on users instead of just protecting its two big cash cows: Office and Windows.

In any event, keep copying Apple, Microsoft, and you may eventually get it right…

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About Brian Jones

I represent clients in all aspects of business litigation, but focus my practice on complex litigation and arbitration matters concerning insurance and reinsurance, antitrust, class actions, securities, real estate disputes, and contract matters. I am the co-chair of the Bose McKinney & Evans Insurance Group. I was listed in the 2017 and 2016 "Best Lawyers in America" for Insurance Coverage and named a "Rising Star" in Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2014. I was also named a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2013 and 2012, and a 2010 “Rising Star” in Business Litigation in Texas. I am a member of the State Bars of Indiana and Texas, the Defense Research Institute, a former member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, and I am licensed to practice before all state courts in Indiana and Texas, as well as all federal courts in Indiana, the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits. I received my bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and my master’s degree in teaching from Trinity University, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. I received my doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where I was the Director of Communications for the Legal Research Board and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Before attending law school, I taught high school geography, government and economics in San Antonio, Texas.
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