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Microsoft: Office will be free for devices under 10 inches

Mark Hachman | March 25, 2015
Microsoft believes that screens smaller than 10 inches aren't used by 'professionals,' so don't expect it to charge for editing and viewing Office documents. Oh, and the Surface Pro mini -- probably dead.

"We have a roadmap of products," a Microsoft spokesman said, when asked to comment. "Beyond that, we have nothing to share."

In any case, Koenigsbauer said that Microsoft will continue to push its free individual apps, such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Skype, and others, to third-party hardware makers, as Microsoft did Monday. The company partnered with Samsung, Dell, and others to bring Office and Office 365 to Android tablets. 

Office for iOS has been downloaded more than 80 million times already, Koenigsbauer said. Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal grew to more than 9.2 million subscribers in the last quarter, up 30 percent, he said. And as Microsoft continues to push its apps across the whole of the computing ecosystem, that number will continue to grow.


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