Office for iPhone and Android now free for home use


Non-business users can edit Office documents on their iPhone or Android phone for free.

On the same day as Office for iPad was released, Office Mobile for iPhone and Android was also updated.

The usual unstated bug fixes but the major news is that Office Mobile for iPhone and Office Mobile for Android were made available for ‘home use’.  That’s the official line anyway.  On a Microsoft blog posting it says they are ‘free for everyone’:

http://img.office-watch.com/ow/Office%20Mobile%20announcement.png image from Office for iPhone and Android now free for home use at Office-Watch.com

Business users will need a business level Office 365 subscription like



  • Office 365 Small Business Premium
  • Office 365 Midsize Business
  • Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government)
  • Office 365 Education A3 and A4
  • Office 365 ProPlus

We’ll be looking at this in detail.  It’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft enforces ‘home use’, if they can at all.

Making the app available, at least partly, for free is a way for Microsoft to get people back into the MS Office fold.  Also a tacit admission that the Office Mobile apps aren’t very good and not worth charging for as part of an Office 365 Home rental package.

In the meantime, Office Mobile for iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store or it’ll be updated in the usual way.


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