Last year, Microsoft decided to offer the entire Office package for free on devices with screens measuring 10.1-inches or less. The company saw devices with smaller screens as personal devices while those with bigger screens as business-end devices. And in Microsoft’s way of thinking, it’s important for business users to have reliability, security, and additional features versus regular users who just need a free service. Therefore, the Office 365 subscription is required on devices with screens bigger than 10.1-inches.
Recently, Apple unveiled its new iPad Pro — or what they call the ultimate PC replacement — a 9.7-inch tablet the company dubbed as its business device, a move that brought a certain amount of confusion when it came to the availability of the free version of Office on the device.
Users of iPad Pro will be able to use Office apps for free
To clear things up, folks from MSPowerUser asked Microsoft if the free version of Office would be available on the new iPad Pro. Fortunately for users planning to buy Apple’s new device, they received a positive answer.
So, users of the new iPad Pro will have all benefits of using the free Office package on this device. Of course, that includes basic functionality like viewing, creating, editing, and printing documents. For more advanced options, users will need the Office 365 subscription.
Apple stirred up controversy when it presented the new iPad Pro as the device which would convince users to switch from Windows 10-powered tablets, hybrids, and PCs to Cupertino’s new offering, this Apple’s offensive to Microsoft shouldn’t be surprising as both companies are famed for throwing degrading jabs at each other. But despite the fact that there’s not too much love between both companies, some products from each can still be found on the other’s platforms.
Make sure to read our comparison of the Surface Pro 4 and Apple’s new iPad Pro, and tell us in the comment section below if the iPad Pro could convince you to abandon your current Windows device and switch to team Apple.