Microsoft offered only basic functionality when it released its Microsoft Office applications for the iPhone some time ago. You need to have an Office 365 subscription to experience several editing options on your iPad while having the limited read-only possibility from your iPhone. But luckily, now you can have access without the annoying subscription process. Finally, you can see and make changes to your Excel, Word, and PowerPoint documents on the go.
How to get Microsoft Office on iPhone and iPad
Though Office 365 subscription is no longer a must for iOS users, you will still have to get your Microsoft ID. Do not worry, as this will require only your email and password, and can be done for free at almost no time at all. Surprisingly, but the size of your device matters as Microsoft proposes free Office versions only for tablets less than 10.1 inches. So, if you are an iPad Pro or iPad 10.2’’ owner, you will need to become an Office 365 user. iPad Pro is believed to be a professional device that can have only full membership. As a matter of fact, if you intend to use PowerPoint, Excel, or Word for commercial or business needs (for example, for your work), you are highly recommended subscribing to Office 365.
Advantages of Office 365 for Your iPhone
Anyway, let us consider the advantages you get after you subscribe to the full version of the Office pack. Paying less than $10 per month, you can enjoy the usual formats not only on iPhone and iPad but on your Mac too. Unlocked paragraph styles, advanced tables, and charts, as well as the fascinating tools for formatting pictures, feel like they are worth their price. Besides, you can keep your documents on the OneDrive cloud service and access them from any of your devices at any moment. Storage space of 1 TB is definitely an advantage of the payment option.
iOS Office allows users to upload their documents to Microsoft’s OneDrive. You can also share the editing rights with your colleagues while you are online so that you could work on the digital papers together. However, you need to remember that unlike Google Docs, your app does not save changes in real-time, and you need to refresh the document from time to time. Consequently, when you edit one file together, you need to be accurate and agree on the sections you change in advance.
Editing text documents on your smartphone is challenging, which is why sometimes you desperately need more space on your phone screen to accomplish this. Microsoft is here to help with their ‘Mobile View’ button that eliminates the unnecessary elements, moving the required tools to the keyboard area, and resizing the text so that you can concentrate on editing.
Apple Alternatives for You
Did you know that the Microsoft Office app for iPhone is not the only option for your iPhone and iPad and that Apple has its own alternatives compatible with Office apps? So-called iWork apps that propose you the Office 365 functionality are:
- Pages (Word equivalent for processing texts)
- Numbers (Excel equivalent for working with spreadsheets)
- Keynote (PowerPoint equivalent for creating presentations)
Great Office Solutions for Your Apple Device
So, you can get a free version of the Microsoft Office on your Apple device, and these applications will have enough functionality for your everyday use. Still, paying just a little will help you to never worry about the availability of some functions that you may urgently need from time to time.