Microsoft, the company we all know for products like the Xbox one, windows and of course Microsoft Office, or should I say Office 365? Well that famous company made an end to the months and even years of rumors regarding Office for iOS by finally, I repeat finally releasing its office suite for iOS! But what do we actually get and more importantly, what will be the price of all of that? Continue reading to get to know all of the above!
To start of with the thing most people are wondering about and that is of course the price! And like with most services these days, you don’t buy the actual product anymore but you pay a monthly price to use the service. And with Office for iOS this is completely the same, you will be able to download Word, PowerPoint and Excel for free, but to actually use it you will need to pay a monthly price of 9,99$ or a yearly subscription fee of 99,99. This might seem very expensive for ‘a simple iOS app’ but that’s not the only thing you will get with this package. Also coming with this package is the ability to use the full Office suit on up to 5 Mac’s or PC’s, extra storage on OneDrive and some other support related features.
And for the people who don’t want or can spend that amount of money on it, Microsoft kept you in mind! Because Microsoft recently also released a 69,99$ per year package, which is limited to one Mac or PC and one tablet. Unfortunately this package hasn’t been made available yet, but with the release of Office for iOS you can expect it very soon!
And for the people who just don’t want to pay the subscription fee, Microsoft still has you covered, well at least in some way, you will be able to view and present Office documents, you just won’t be able to edit them!
What do you get?
With Office for iOS, Microsoft chose not to use 1 app for all 3 services, instead they chose to make 3 separate apps one for Word, one for PowerPoint and one for Excel. This gives you the option to chose what you want to install from the Office suite, making it easier to manage the storage you use on your iDevice. Now let’s have a closer look to the actual apps, and to do so let’s have a look at how it is to open the app for the first time;
And I have to be honest with you guys, I never expected that I could enjoy launching an app for the first time as I did with Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Microsoft really did put a lot of effort in ‘small’ but important details like launching the app for the first time. You get a very clear image of how Office now looks like and you immediately know what you need to do before getting to work.
Some very cool and handy features
Like you would expect from any (work-)related 2014 app, Microsoft build some cool and handy features into the
Office suite. One of them, and probably the most used one, is the cloud. I still am impressed by the lack of effort you need to do to have your documents across al your devices! Another cool feature is of course the autosave function you have, which can be pretty handy! Because everybody already had this; you are working on a let’s say new article and then suddenly you fingers choose to press the quit command, or even worse the program you are working in just decides it would be fun to shut down. After opening up your document again, you then realize you haven’t saved your article since you began writing it, and this option will stop that things like this happen!
You will also be able to quickly make formulas, like math formulas, with the formula keyboard! We all know how long it takes to make a math formula, and again Microsoft solved that problem on the iOS version of Word, PowerPoint and Excel!
Now let’s have a deeper look into the actual apps starting with:
Like with the desktop version of Word, the iOS version will allow you to write your tekst, which is very obvious. But since we live in 2014 and normal isn’t good enough anymore, Microsoft did implant some extra things. Microsoft gives you some templates, but for the people that want ‘full control’ over what they make, there still is the blank page option. After opening a new document you will be lead into the iOS 7 flat look of Word, and I have to admit I really like it. In the edit section you will have your top bar with everything you are used to, from home to view. You can change your font, insert pictures, make changes to the layout or in other words: you can do anything you are used to do. You also will be able to share the document you are working on, which is very handy for business usage or for a project you work on with multiple people. Next up is:
With PowerPoint you are able to make a presentation to give some extra information on actually any subject. Pause! Or at least that was with the desktop version of PowerPoint, but can you still do that with the iOS version of PowerPoint? Yes you can! When opening the app you will have the choice between some standard templates, most of them are the same you will have in the desktop version.You can also choose between the slide size, widescreen (16:9) or standard (4:3). After opening a new document you will be redirected to a very recognizable ‘workstation’ at first look, not minding the flatter look and some other design changes, it looks pretty much the same as the dekstop version of PowerPoint. You still will be able to edit the slides, add slides and do anything you want to do with it. Pause, again! Of course the new flat design gives a beautiful touch to it, it will make you love using PowerPoint just by the clear and clean look it has! Now on to the latest ‘app’ in our list:
I know most of the non-professional Office users won’t really use this program, but sometimes it comes in very
handy! Excel will make it easier for you to do some calculations like the percentage,… of course it’s only easy to use when you know how to but that is another case. Like with Word and PowerPoint, when opening Excel you will be able to choose between some templates to start working on. After opening a new document, you will also have the same new ‘iOS 7 flat look’ only this time the color scheme is green and white, compared to the orange and white of PowerPoint and the bleu and white color scheme of Word. Like with the other apps, you will be able to do anything you are used to on on the desktop version of Excel from inserting numbers, to adding charts, Microsoft has you covered!
My overall opinion: is it worth it?
And this is purely personal, I don’t use office very much. Most of the time I either use Google Docs or Apple’s alternatives. But I did use Office before, and I perfectly know how to use either Word, PowerPoint and Excel. And I personally think this is a good deal, and I also think Microsoft will gain some extra customers thanks to the mobile version of Office. Yes, the price is pretty high, but don’t forget that Microsoft has years of experience with these programs, so you can be sure that you get a qualitative product. And when we take a look at the adobe creative cloud suite, you pay around the 60$ A MONTH! So knowing that, the yearly price of 99,99$ is perry decent, especially because you get the mobile version AND the desktop version. So if you waited till Microsoft released Office for iOS, or just are looking for some ‘writing’ and presentation programs, I guess this is the moment to invest in Office!