Microsoft Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers Now Available

The Microsoft Office suite for iPhone is available, but its availability is incredibly limited, requiring you have a subscription to Office 365. That runs $12.50 per month if billed annually, so that’s $150 per year to fun the latest version of Office. A less expensive in-app purchase of $99 for Office Home Premium, also provides you with Office on up to 5 home computers, along with the iPhone. This includes both Mac and PCs. This subscription enables you full access to the new iOS app, Office Mobile for Office 365. The app lets you access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents on your iPhone. For reasons unknown, the new app is not available yet for the iPad. Perhaps it has something to do with the required data connection, so that your subscription can be verified.

Microsoft Office for iPhone

Some basic requirements. You’ll need an iPhone 4 or later that is running iOS 6.1 or later.

It seems like an eternity that folks have been asking for this suite. Microsoft’s reluctance to developer for iOS is perplexing and has opened the door for multiple third-party developers who been seeing steady sales from folks who need to run Office. Others seeking a low-cost word processor and spreadsheet programs are likely more than satisfied with Apple’s Pages and Numbers apps. By forcing the Office 365 subscription, things don’t change all that much. If you already have an Office 365 subscription, this is a great value add. If not, how many are going to drop $150 year for the Microsoft brand suite, when there are more compelling and less expensive options.

Microsoft Office for iPhone is available as a free download from the App Store.