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Microsoft announces Office Mobile for iPhone

David Price | June 17, 2013
Available to Office 365 subscribers

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"You can review your slides and edit speaker notes, move and hide slides, and make text edits directly from your phone," says Fox.

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Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone: UK price
How much will Office Mobile for iPhone cost? it's free - sort of. Microsoft has announced it will not cost anything on top of the Office 365 subscription.

Will my iPhone be able to run Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone?
That depends on which model of iPhone you've got. Fox said Office Mobile will run on iPhone 4, 4S, or 5 or iPod Touch 5th generation, running iOS 6.1 or later.

When will Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone become available in the UK?
Office Mobile for iPhone is on the US App Store right now, but hasn't appeared on the UK App Store just yet. However, it should be there within a few days.

"Office Mobile for iPhone will be available in 29 languages covering 135 markets," Fox writes. "The international rollout will occur over approximately 4-5 days."

Why didn't Microsoft release Office on the iPhone before now?
It is thought that the real reason why Microsoft didn'[t previous release Microsoft Office for iOS apps is Apple's insistence that it take a 30 percent cut on sales, and complications arising from Microsoft's subscription model. There has been some speculation that the launch of the had been delayed due to disputes about the subscription process.

But IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell said he felt Microsoft would be unwise not to release iOS versions of Office: "The day they [Microsoft] introduce Office for iOS and Android, they'll start printing money."

Back in April, Wes Miller of research firm Directions on Microsoft, put the impasse down to sheer corporate rivalry. "It appears that Microsoft doesn't want to give Apple any money," he said. "And I can't say I blame them."

 

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