Microsoft on Thursday announced big news for mobile users. The firm is now allowing anyone on an Android or iOS device to create and edit Microsoft Office documents without having to sign up for an Office 365 subscription. That saves you a minimum of $6.99, the entry-level Office 365 plan that, until today, was required to take full advantage of Office on mobile devices. It’s the first major step for Microsoft Office on mobile since the company first released Office for iPad back in March, and the changes are effective immediately, Microsoft said.
The company also confirmed that it’s releasing new Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and an updated version of the Office Suite for iPad that offers a consistent user experience across devices. Additionally, Microsoft announced a brand new Office for Android Preview, which interested parties can sign up for starting today. That falls right in line with recent rumors suggesting a full touch-optimized release was due to launch this month. “Our vision of Office everywhere wouldn’t be complete without Windows, so I’m pleased to confirm that new, touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 are in the works and we’ll have more to share soon,” Microsoft added in a blog post Thursday.
You should be able to find the new iPhone apps in the iTunes App Store now, in addition to the iPad updates. We’ve also included a link in the source below where you can sign up for the Office for Android Preview.