Mar 28, 2014

Can I use Microsoft Office on iPad without an Office 365 subscription?

Now that Office has finally been released for iPad, can it be used if you don’t have an Office 365 subscription? I’m not sure that I want to spend ~$120 a year for occasional use of Word on my iPad.

Update and correction:
I downloaded and am using Microsoft Office Mobile for free on my iPad.
I can create edit and save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, spreadsheets, and slides.
HOWEVER, if you download Word, Excel, or PowerPoint INDIVIDUALLY, you must pay an Office 365 subscription fee.
Only the Microsoft Office Mobile App iTunes description contains the following line:

"SIGN IN with a free Microsoft account to create, edit, and save documents for home use".

This line is NOT included in the individual Word, Excel, or PowerPoint App descriptions.
Summary: Download the Microsoft Office Mobile App.

Yes yes yes. It is free.
1. Microsoft Office for iPad is FREE for HOME use.
Sign in with a free Microsoft account to create, edit, and save documents.
2. Microsoft Office for iPad is NOT FREE for business use so
a qualifying Office 365 subscription is required for business use.

How to activate home use:
1. First, sign up for a free Microsoft account. (Link below)
2. Next, download The Microsoft Office App, or the individual Word, Excel, or Power Point App.
3. After the App has installed on your iPad simply open the App, scroll past the welcome screens and SIGN IN using the EMAIL ADDRESS and PASSWORD you used to sign up for your free Microsoft account.
4. Enjoy!

Open your free Microsoft account here:


Or simply Google Microsoft account.

The previous answer covers this question, but here's a link to Microsoft Office for iOS in the iTunes store if you need more information:


"Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.*

Access documents from virtually anywhere:
•Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint.
•Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
•Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.*"
You can read documents without the subscription, but to edit them you are going to have to pony up for Office 365. Seems a little expensive, but at least you have the option of Office on the iPad now.
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