This is what we’ve waiting for quite some time now. Microsoft has announced that Office Mobile is now available for the iPhone users but only for those who are Office 365 subscribers. This was reported on Friday and you can now search the app for download in iTunes. There were thousands of rumors saying that Microsoft will bring its mobile app to Apple’s devices and it finally happened.
However, I’m confused why they released only an iPhone version and didn’t include the iPads. If you want to use this service, you need to be a subscriber to the ProPlus service, as well. This Office app will let you use PowerPoint, Excel and Word on your iPhone. Now, this service can be used only by 1 million iPhone users because Microsoft has announced that Office 365 has a million subscribers in the Apple’s iTunes Store.
Perhaps Microsoft chose not to release the Office version earlier because they wanted to lure the users to use their Windows-based smartphones. Nevertheless, this company must do something else to be more compatible with Android and iOS. This is perfectly shown by Q1 market share numbers where we saw Windows on third place with 3.2% behind iOS with 17.3% and Android with 75%. Now, instead of keeping it for itself, Microsoft has chosen to boost the popularity of its Office 365 through Apple’s iOS. This service costs $100 per year and users are enabled to install this app on five devices (smartphones, tablets, Macs and PCs).
What’s more interesting is that this app is offered for free in the iTunes Store and Apple does not receive a major part of all sales. According to Microsoft, this app should be available on the U.S market today and it will be released internationally next week.
This app doesn’t let you create presentations, spreadsheet or document on your iPhone. Instead, it offers to its users some quick fixes to already made documents and they can share the files. All the created files will be stored to the SkyDrive Web service and the users will not be able to store the files into the iCloud service.
I know that many users will be annoyed to make additional subscriptions to Office 365 but if you want to use this app on your iPhone, then you must do that. Maybe Microsoft wants to increase the popularity of it first before making this app available to all iPhone users.