After months of rumors, Microsoft on Friday officially launched Office 365 for the iPhone. It’s available to customers who have Office 365 plans and is supported by the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and even the fifth generation iPod touch provided that the device runs iOS 6.1. An iPad edition is not currently available.
The software allows users to view and edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on the fly and Microsoft promises that formatting and layouts will remain intact, even if they include animations, charts and other add-ons. Word and Excel documents can be created from your iPhone, though PowerPoints can only be viewed or edited. Documents can be accessed and saved to your SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro account, too, so you don’t have to worry about saving locally and transferring files to and from your computer manually – simply load up SkyDrive, download the document, and you’re good to go.
Office 365 for the iPhone also includes sharing, which means you can edit a document at the same time as other people, which is great for brainstorming sessions or last minute tweaks.
Office 365 can be installed on five mobile devices for every Microsoft subscription, but that doesn’t include Windows Phone devices, which have access to the service for free. Office 365 Home Premium can be purchased for $99.99 per year, or $9.99 per month. Business and Education options, which include additional licenses, are available, too.