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Microsoft Office now free on iOS, Android tablets soon to follow

Microsoft has just changed its strategy for the Office suite, now offering the services across iPad, iPhone, and Android completely free of charge.

From today, you will no longer need to shell out for a subscription to fiddle around with your word documents or store them in Microsoft’s cloud ether.

The announcement also revealed that Office would indeed be extending to iPhone, with upgrades also due for the iPad.

“It’s an extension of the strategy that we’ve got,” said Michael Atalla, Microsoft’s marketing lead for office. “It’s not a total strategic shift, as much of an extension of the existing strategy.”

We want to make sure that our customers can be productive across all the devices they have.

Microsoft also used the occasion to announce a new Office for Android tablets app, or at least a ‘preview’ program.

Users can now sign up to check out the service early, with the general roll-out expected in ‘early 2015’.

It’s the second Office-related announcement in as many days, as Microsoft only just announced tighter Dropbox-integration for the software suite.

Dropbox users will soon be able to edit Office documents directly through the Dropbox app, while Office users will be able to open up Dropbox files through the suite thanks to automatic syncing.

The changes should roll out across iOS and Android versions of Dropbox across the next few weeks.

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Via: The Verge