The long-awaited Microsoft Office apps for the iPad are free to download at the App Store, but you need an Office 365 subscription ($99.99 per year) to create and edit documents using those apps. Now Microsoft has released Office 365 Personal for consumers that drops the annual price to $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month.
There’s no pricing change for business customers, but to the extent the lower pricing leads to more individual consumers becoming regular Office users, the easier it will be for those who bring their tablets to work (the so-called BYOD phenomena) to have a consistent experience and support across apps they use regularly.
Microsoft also offers Office 365 Home for $99.99 per year ($9.99 / month) that gives up to five family members a subscription to Office 365.
(How tablets can replace laptops and new advances in tablet productivity will be among the key topics discussed at the Tablet Strategy conference in New York on May 6, 2014)
“An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365,” Microsoft’s Jevon Fark said in a blog post. “By offering Office 365 Personal, in addition to Office 365 Home, we are better positioned to deliver the right Office to a broader range of households–whether it’s an individual or a family of five.”
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