While Microsoft already offers a version of Office 365 for the iPhone, the company has so far sat out on the sidelines of the iPad market. Today, that all changes. Microsoft just announced Office for iPad and that it will be available in the app store at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.
Office for iPad will include Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and documents can be saved to OneDrive and edited by up to five people at once. Because Office relies on the cloud, everything is saved by default to OneDrive, too, so you can always pick up where you left off on another device. “These are uniquely built for the iPad,” Microsoft said, reiterating that the application was not just a simple iPhone port.
Microsoft said anyone can download the app for free today, though to edit you’ll need to subscribe to Office 365 to take advantage of editing. That’s nice, though, it means there aren’t any additional costs for iPad users who may already have a subscription for work or personal use.