Microsoft earlier this year released Office apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. The Office apps - Word for iPad, PowerPoint for iPad and Excel for iPad - are totally free to install, read, present create and edit documents. Previously, to do anything beyond opening and showing documents your needed an Office 365 subscription. But not now.
It may sound a little complicated, which is why we are here to tell you everything you need to know about Office for iPad, iPhone and Android. Here's our Office for iPad, iPhone and Android FAQs.
If you have any further questions, let me know in the comments below and I will attempt to answer.
Is my phone or tablet compatible with Office?
Office for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch requires iOS 7.0 or later. As ever the picture is more opaque for Android. Office should work with high end smartphones that run recent versions of Android such as Jelly Bean or KitKat. It doesn't work with tablets. But you need to check with your phone: for reference, I test Android devices all the time so I have a lot of Android phones on my Google Play accounts. While the HTC One M7 and other recent smartphones were compatible, older, cheaper phones aren't. And, as trailed, no tablets were compatible.
How much does Office for iPad, Android and iPhone cost?
It's free, basically.
If your Android, iPhone or iPad is compatible, head over to www.appstore.com/microsoftoffice and you can install the Office apps for free. When first Microsoft launched this suite of mobile Office tools, it allowed you only to read, review and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations. (You can also download and install Office for iPad 1.0 here.)
To edit and create documents you needed an Office 365 subscription. Office 365 Home Premium costs £79.99 per year or £7.99 per month. Note that it is compatible only with Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs and laptops, or OS X 10.6 or later Macs.
However, as of this month Microsoft decided to make Office for iPhone, iPad and Android free to use. For more on this, see my piece: why Microsoft made Office free - and why it was smart to do so.
What programs are available in Office for iPad, iPhone and Android?
You get versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Microsoft says that with these apps you can edit documents from 'virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.'
Can I use OneDrive via the Office mobile app?
OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud service, is closely tied into the Office Mobile apps. In fact, to get the best our of Office Mobile you should probably use OneDrive to store your files. You can access docs stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint. There are nice touches: when opening a Word document from OneDrive or OneDrive for Business on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet. And when you're done with your edits or comments, simply send the document in email or save it to OneDrive or SharePoint.
I have a Windows Phone, can I use Office?
Windows Phones can all run a mobile version of Office.