Editing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files on the iPad Pro will require an Office 365 subscription

When Apple finally unveiled the iPad Pro a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft's Office suite was one of the productivity-centric features that Apple focused on during the official presentation. In fact, Apple actually went as far as to invite Microsoft's Kirk Konigsbauer on stage to demonstrate how Office apps run on the iPad Pro. However, it turns out that editing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents will require a subscription to Office 365. 

As recently pointed out in an ArsTechnica report, Microsoft specifically mentions throughout the licencing terms of its Android and Windows Metro apps that the mobile Office suite comes with free editing capabilities only on devices with 10.1-inch displays or smaller. To do more than just view documents on devices with larger displays, such as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Microsoft wants you to spend money on an Office 365 subscription to do more than just view documents. Although a glimmer of hope still resided in the fact that language used in the licensing terms of the iOS Office apps is less explicit, Microsoft has confirmed that editing documents inside the Word, Excel, and Powerpoint apps for the iPad Pro will require an Office 365 subscription.

With the cost of Office 365 subscriptions starting at $6.99 or $6.99 per year, this will surely come as bad news to those who were hoping to get free editing capabilities on the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro.

What do you guys think of this latest development? Will this affect your decision to purchase the productivity-oriented iPad?

source: ArsTechnica



1. gaming64 unregistered

Or you can just use Apple's inferior document suite. It still works and the iPad Pro is still a stupid powerhouse for documents.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Can you still install the iPad Air version? e.g. on Windows you can get the universal apps for free, but you need a 365 sub for the full version Also does this mean that the iPad Pro versions are equal to the full versions? That would be great, one of the main reasons I'd go for a Surface Pro over an iPad Air is for full MS Office

3. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

You kidding you're comparing IOS to desktop OS!?

4. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, nope, they are the same as you get on the iPad Air 2 now, you can just not edit on the bigger iPad, so you need to pay cash, hahahahahhahahahahah just like my spro3 but with that I get the full office

5. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

haha yea. well it is a PRO device, right? but, Office online is still an option.

6. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Well, Microsoft probably figures that anyone that would pay that much for a toy has lots of money to waste.

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