In a shock move Microsoft has made their Office suite for iPad, iPhone and Android devices completely free of charge.
The software giant announced the change yesterday as part of their new Office strategy. This now means that an Office 365 account is no longer required to fully use the apps.
The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a new partnership with Dropbox that would see the cloud storage service fully integrated into Office across the desktop, mobile and web versions as an alternative to the companies own OneDrive.
While the changes will affect individual consumers Microsoft say that they are not extending the free functionality to their business customers. An Office 365 subscription will still be required to edit documents which are stored on both a OneDrive for Business or Dropbox for business account, a clear indication of how Microsoft intend to continue generating profit from the Office suit as a whole.
With Google offering a similar experience free for some time now thanks to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, all integrated nicely through the Google cloud Drive it isn’t too surprising that Microsoft have made such a game changing decision to keep up with the competition.
Microsoft Office Apps are available to download through both the Apple App Store and Google Play right now.