Office for iPad Pro

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ghsNick, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. ghsNick macrumors 68020

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    I know Microsoft announced that Office was free for devices under 10 inches.

    Does that mean it is free for the iPad 9.7 and it cost money for the 12.9? How would Microsoft know the difference if it's through the iOS App Store?
     
  2. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

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    Was gonna try to help but forgot I get it for free with my school through everything. Hope you find the answer you need!
     
  3. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It is free on my Air 2, but not on the Pro. Clearly, all Apps can check what hardware they run on, no problem. I would be surprised if MS suddenly made it paid on the 9'7 pro, but not on the Air 2.
     
  5. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Dang...so my 12.9 pro I have to pay $70 a year and the 9.7 is free? This sucks.
     
  6. Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    It is worth the cost, in my opinion. I have to hand it to Microsoft - they've done a great job with their iOS Office apps.
     
  7. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I like the Office 365 Home offer - $99/year for 5 users includes 1TB OneDrive cloud storage for each user. I'm not a fan of subscription services but the Office cost is cheaper than some others - I'm already paying it for Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom at $15/month.
     
  8. spriter macrumors 65816

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    +1 for the family 5-user sub.

    £70 a year is great value for five machines plus a tablet. Microsoft did a good job on iOS so I'm happy to pay and support further development on it.

    Would be a bit weird if 9.7 got it free though considering Schiller pitched the mini Pro as a replacement for old PCs.
     
  9. JD2015 macrumors 6502

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    Paid subscription gives you greater functionality.
     
  10. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    If I can use office for free (with the pencil) on the 9.7 my 12.9 is going back today. I'm not paying $70 a year to use it if I can use it for free on 9.7.
     
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    Adobe kept the "Photography" plan, which includes PS and LR CC for $10/month.
     
  12. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking it was $15 for some reason but yeah, it's $10.95/month. I was part of a very long survey that Adobe did when it was working the subscription plan out and all of my answers were anti-subscription. As much as I use PS and LR I finally decided I always wanted to remain up to date without getting hammered by the costs with major updates (e.g., LR 4 to LR 5). One way or another, you'll pay.
     
  13. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    In principle yes. If they had form controls ...
     
  14. Fozziebear71 macrumors regular

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    I think so to. I am getting ready to buy the 5 Mac, 5 iPad version which you can get a little cheaper on Amazon. My wife and will use it on our 12.9 iPad Pros's and I have two kids in college who will use it on their Mac laptops for school.
     
  15. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, Amazon is cheaper - $84.99 for direct download, $77.49 if you're willing to wait 2 days (Prime) for a Key Card delivery.
     
  16. AttilaTheHun macrumors 6502a

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    I pay $99 not $70 for office 365 and I can use it on 5 devices
     
  17. sracer macrumors 603

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    As an Office 365 subscriber who uses Office for iPad on both 9.7 and 12.9 iPad, there is a significant difference in user experience between the two form-factors.

    Also keep in mind that not all of the features are unlocked for the free version.


    You can purchase subscriptions from places like Amazon at a discount. I paid $67 for a year's subscription (5 devices). If you are a student you can pay $80 for a 4 year subscription (1 PC/Mac + 1 Tablet).
     
  18. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    Right on the features. From my post in a similar thread -

    Other features in Word requiring a subscription:
    • Change tracking
    • Insert section breaks
    • Enable columns in page layout
    • Customize headers and footers on different pages
    • Change page orientation
    • Add custom colors to shapes
    • Insert and edit WordArt
    • Add shadows and reflection styles to pictures
    • Add and modify chart elements
    • Highlight table cells with custom color shading
    The Amazon price went up but I still sprung for the $77.49 deal.
     
  19. temna macrumors 6502a

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    Technically you should be able to use it on 10 devices. 5 computers and 5 tablets/phones. Right?
     
  20. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    Good question. Or is it 15? 5 Macs or PCs, 5 tablets, and(or is it or?) 5 phones? It's not all clear on their website and I haven't had the need to go beyond 5 installs - 3 PCs + 2 iPad Air 2's.
     
  21. sracer macrumors 603

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    Correct. 5 PC/Macs + 5 tablets.
     
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    U R right but I gave those extra to friends and family
     
  25. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    When it first was announced, I was very much against the subscription fee business model of MS Office. However, when the full-featured versions were released for the iPad, I bit. And since the current versions support the Apple Pencil, Split Screen and the enhanced screen resolution of the 12.9" iPad Pro, I find it's totally worth the annual cost. I can get a ton of "real" work done.

    And with the included 1TB of cloud storage, I'm even thinking of cancelling my Dropbox subscription and saving the $10/month.
     

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