March 27th Microsoft officially released the long anticipated Microsoft Office for IPad. Found in the Apple App store under three separate apps:
- Microsoft PowerPoint for IPad
- Microsoft Word for IPad
- Microsoft Excel for IPad
Available for any user as a view only offering, subscribers of the following Office 365 plans can edit files.
- Microsoft Home
- Office 365 Small Business Premium
- Office 365 Midsize Business
- Office 365 E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government)
- Office 365 Education A3 and A4
- Office 365 ProPlus,
- Office 365 University
- Office 365 Personal – Available Spring 2014.
One thing to note:
When you're trying to connect the Office apps to an existing Office 365 account, don't use the option from the 'Buy Office 365' screen that asks if you want to use an existing account. This option only works if you're using the same mail address for Office 365 and the iTunes store. If you're using a separate Office 365 account, first open an Office app as a free file viewer and then choose the Activate option. This is where you can enter Office 365 account details to activate the apps. Once you've activated one app, the rest are automatically activated and ready to go.
The apps offer services to tie in; SharePoint, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business ease of access to both personal and business files while on the go!