Excel for ipad only available through office 365?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by mikewired, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. mikewired macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010
    Is excel for ipad only available through office 365?
  2. bmclaurin macrumors member


    Nov 10, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    I believe you can use it to view documents for free, but you need an office 365 subscription to edit documents. Well worth it IMO.
  3. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    Cape Cod
  4. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
    New Jersey
    The one really nice feature that makes Office 365 worth it for me is that you get 1 TB of space on OneDrive. And unlike iCloud or many other cloud services, OneDrive supports versioning of files, meaning if you change a file and save it, you can always retrieve past versions of that file. Also, if you delete a file, it can be retrieved for up to 30 days.

    Those features make it perfect for storing important files online without having to worry about backing them up on a daily basis.

    Considering the price of Office 365 and the amount of OneDrive space they give you compared to other cloud services, I consider the Word/Excel/Powerpoint access a free extra bonus.
  5. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Yes, something to do with office is only free for devices with screens smaller than 10". Ridiculous IMO.
  6. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Yeah, they should really just charge for anything that isn't a phone.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I know, its crazy, a company charging for software - greedy ******** :p

    Seriously, Office 365 is well worth the price if you need office apps on your laptop, tablet and/or phone. I have it, and while I prefer not paying, its paid for itself a number of times, given what I need to accomplish.
  8. pacorob, Feb 9, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2016

    pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    You can use the Microsoft Excel app to open, edit and create Excel files on iPhone, iPad (but not the Pro) but with limited functionalities. For a full featured Excel you need to have an Office365 subscription. Quote App Store description "On iPhone, iPad Air, and iPad mini, the core Excel experience, including viewing, creating, and editing spreadsheets, is free. Or unlock the full Excel experience with a qualifying Office 365 subscription. On iPad Pro, you need Office 365 to create and edit spreadsheets."

    There is also a free app called hopTo (Office Cloud Editor & Viewer) which I stumbled on a while ago. That can also edit all kind of Office files including Excel. It also has the great option to open different document at once and switch between them via tabs from within the app.

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