Microsoft Makes Office Free for iPhone and Android Phones
Microsoft today updated Office for the iPhone and Android smartphones and made the application suite free for home users. Previously, the app required a subscription to Office 365, which carried a monthly fee. iPhone and Android smartphone owners can now open, edit, and create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files on their smartphone for no charge. Business users will still need to subscribe to Office 365 in order to access Office on their smartphone. The change comes just after Microsoft announced Office for the Apple iPad. Office for the iPad is free to download, but is limited to read-only unless iPad owners subscribe to Office 365.
Microsoft Releases New Office Apps for Android Smartphones
Microsoft today released a preview version of Office for Android smartphones. The latest renditions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint closely match those available to the iPhone.
Microsoft Releases Hub Keyboard App for iPhone
Microsoft's Garage team has made a productivity-minded keyboard available to Apple's iOS devices. The keyboard, says Microsoft, works in tandem with an Office 365 account for tapping into OneDrive, Office, and other Microsoft account information.
Office for Android Easier for Everyone to Download
Microsoft today made Office Mobile fully available to everyone from the Google Play Store. The company released penultimate versions of the apps in May, but required interested users to join the Office for Android Community on Google+ in order to access them.
Microsoft Office for iOS Adds 3D Touch
Microsoft has updated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Apple's iOS platform with a handful of new features. Most significantly, the Office productivity suite now supports 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which can be used to call up actions such as opening or creating files.
Skype for Android Earns Tighter Outlook and Office Integration
Microsoft today updated Skype for Android with new ways to work with Outlook and Office. The latest version of Microsoft's calling and messaging app allows users to schedule calls in Outlook from Skype easily by tapping the contact's name and using the scheduling tool to send an invite.