Microsoft has been innovating office productivity tools since it first introduced Office 1.0 back in 1988. Worldwide use of Microsoft Office has exploded to over 1 billion users. Along the way, Microsoft has steadily improved upon Office and added many new features. They’ve continued this tradition by extending Office 365 to the iPad. Office 365 for iPad is a collection of iPad Apps that includes favorites such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These apps are accessed through Microsoft’s new subscription based model and offer all the features Office users have come to love.

How much does Office 365 for iPad cost?

Office for iPad is included with the subscriptions for Office 365 Small Business Premium and Office 365 Midsize Business. Instead of the high upfront costs, pricing starts at $15 per user per month. The subscription extends the one-PC installation license to several computers and mobile devices, including iPads.

Features for iPad

Office 365 for iPad includes all the Office applications you’ve come to expect from the desktop version, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft has invested heavily in creating a friendly, easy-to-use interface that translates the Office experience to the touch screen environment of the iPad. In addition, Office 365 includes 1 terabyte of online storage via Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) cloud storage service. OneDrive integrates a virtual hard drive with your iPad, so you can store spreadsheets, documents and presentations in the cloud. Your files are synced across all your devices, as well as made available to those whom you’ve given access. OneDrive lets you seamlessly transfer documents back and forth from your desktop to your iPad and back again. Attend a sales meeting, create a contract and add a signature with your iPad — then share your document with coworkers back at the office within minutes. Losing paperwork becomes a thing of the past. With Office 365 for iPad, your Office documents can be viewed and edited on other mobile devices, such as iPhones, Android phones, and Windows phones. Documents will stay synced across all your Office-connected mobile devices. Your co-workers can access shared documents from their mobile devices too. You can also view and edit Office documents attached to email messages — right from your iPad. Make quick edits to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, then email them back. The formatting and content remain completely intact.

Security and Reliability

Anyone who’s ever used Microsoft Office is familiar with the never-ending stream of security alerts and software updates associated with the office suite. For many organizations, these maintenance tasks become a major headache. Since Office 365 lives in the cloud, most of the responsibility for security and reliability shifts from your IT team to Microsoft. This frees up your organization to focus on more important things than routine tasks, like updating software. Microsoft even includes SLA agreements for those businesses that might hesitate in trusting a 3rd party with such an important part of their business.

Final Thoughts

With over 12 million downloads in the first week of its release, the Office 365 iPad App suite has proven valuable to many businesses. Each day, more businesses make the switch. Not sure if it’s right for your business? Contact us today for a demo of how to use Office 365 on your iPad.

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