Microsoft Office Mobile Released for iPhone, Office 365 Subscription Required

Posted June 14, 2013 at 1:18pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9541 views

Microsoft Office has been released for the iPhone although an Office 365 subscription is required to use the app.

Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.

KEY FEATURES:

Access documents from virtually anywhere:
* Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents that are stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, or SharePoint.**
* Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
* Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.

Office documents look stunning:
* Great-Looking Documents - Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
* Optimized for phone - Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been optimized for the small screen of your phone.
* Resume Reading - When opening a Word document from SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
* Presentation Views - The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.

Make quick edits and share:
* Edit - You can make quick edits to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
* Documents Remain Intact - Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
* Edit While Offline - Your device doesn’t have to be continuously connected to the network to work on an Office document that is stored online. You can view and edit recently used documents even while you’re offline. Your changes will be saved online when your device reconnects to the network or to Wi-Fi.
* Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
* Comments - You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.
* Share - When you’re done with your edits or comments, simply send the document in email or save it to SkyDrive or SharePoint.

Requirements:
* An Office 365 subscription is required to use this app.
* Compatible with iPhone 4, 4S, and 5, iPod Touch 5th Generation. Requires iOS 6.1 or later.
* Microsoft Office 2013 on a PC is needed for features like recent documents and resume reading.

You can download Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers from the App Store for free.

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... - June 14, 2013 at 5:06pm
Did anyone really think Microsoft would release a standalone app suite and let Apple get a percentage of the sales? They're not the first and won't be the last to go this route. Those who subscribe can use it on a PC, Mac, and now iStuff. Those who don't can continue find alternatives like before.
matrixmaniac - June 14, 2013 at 3:49pm
365 subscription? ?? NEVER! I would have paid a few $ just to be really compatible with the MS format, but a subscription is out of question and will always be. There are too many alternatives that may not be perfect but good enough...
Victor - June 14, 2013 at 1:49pm
Interesting that they only released an iPhone Version, you would have thought a universal one would have been best and drop the subscription to make it work for companies.
Jay - June 15, 2013 at 5:45pm
surface. Probably the reason is they want to keep the surface competitive enough for a while. I wouldn't be surprised in a few months it opens up to the iPad if there's enough traction on the iPhone. I wonder if you need a new license/subscription for the mobile devices, or if you have a Office 365 account, it automatically grants you access.
Victor - June 17, 2013 at 1:53pm
According to other sources it doesn't require a new subscription and it treats it as a separate item (not counting to your desktop 5). Which in a way is good. It still has hiccups but an option if you really need it. You have access if you have a 365 account.
Thoughtful - June 14, 2013 at 1:35pm
Smart office 2 attached with dropbox and google drive is better than this crap.
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