Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Microsoft's Office Apps Are a Big Deal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Microsoft's Office Apps Are a Big Deal

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Microsoft made a long-awaited announcement last week - its Office suite of applications is available for the iPad.

Each of the main components of Office - word-processing program Word, Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation software - is available as a separate free download.

Although the apps are free, you must buy the $100-a-year Office 365 subscription, which is available as an in-app purchase, to create or edit a document. Without that, the apps only allow you to view documents.

So what's the big deal? For one thing, your iPad may become much more useful in the workplace because many businesses use Office as their productivity software. Second is that you will be able to use your iPad to receive and manipulate documents in some of the most popular formats in the world - .docx for documents, .xls for spreadsheets and .pptx for presentations. Even without buying Office 365, you will be able to view documents in those formats on your iPad.

So it is a big deal - and another way to take your work home with you.

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