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Microsoft Office probably won’t be free on the iPad Pro

by Jacob Kleinman | September 25, 2015September 25, 2015 9:00 am PDT

When Apple introduced the iPad Pro onstage earlier this month the first demo we saw highlighted Microsoft Office on the super-sized tablet. Now it turns out Apple and Microsoft left out one key detail: you’ll likely have to pay to use Office on the iPad Pro.

You can install your favorite Office apps on the iPad Pro for free and even view files without paying, but if you want to do any editing you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. The company explained the decision to Ars Technica, noting that it considers anything with a 10.1-inch screen or smaller as a mobile device. The iPad Pro packs a 12.9-inch display, so it doesn’t make the cut.

When Microsoft Office initially launched for the iPad, it also required a paid subscription if you wanted to do any editing. So it’s possible the company could roll back these limitations for the iPad Pro down the road. Microsoft also told Ars Technica that it’s still fine tuning the new apps, and it’s possible the firm could reverse its decision at the last minute.

The iPad Pro won’t actually launch until November, so Microsoft still has some time to decide. Still, if you’re planning on picking up the new tablet you may want to set aside some extra cash for an Office 365 subscription as well.

Ars Technica

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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