If you’re longing to enjoy possibility to create and edit Word and Excel documents on their iPhones, the wait is over. Microsoft officially launches its Office for the Apple’s most successful device, bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the iPhone.
The version of Office the iPhone’s getting is Office Mobile, which is practically the same as the apps that already exist on Windows Phone. It includes phone-friendly versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but not other Office apps such as Outlook, Mashable reports.
The iPhone app will come with Word, Excel and PowerPoint and will sync with Microsoft’s SkyDrive online storage service. Now a user can pick a Word document exactly where he left off on another computer tied to the same account, while comments users add to a Word or Excel file will appear when they open it up on another machine.
Creating a version of the famous service for iPhone, Microsoft’s following its new strategy of treating its applications as platform-agnostic, and it comes to iOS long after other Microsoft apps, including OneNote and Lync.
It also fits with Microsoft offering Office 365 as a subscription service, which may be launched on many devices, rather than a one-time download for one machine.
“With Office 365 Home Premium and Pro Plus, we promised they’d work across all of your devices,” says Julia White, marketing manager for Microsoft Office. “Now that those are out, it’s time to expand think about other end points our users have said are important to them.”
Office is available to iPhone users in the U.S. today, and the rest of device’s fans will enjoy it at the beginning of the next week.
However, although anyone can download the app, only subscribers to Office 365 will be able to use it — the service prompts to sign in with a user’s Office or Microsoft account at startup.
The iPhone doesn’t count against a subscriber’s five supported devices, and a single account supports up to five iPhones.
Despite it was rumored long time ago that the popular app would also be introduced on the iPad, today’s announcement applies only to the iPhone.
Of course, almost any iPhone app will also run on the iPad; although the experience isn’t optimized for a 9.7-inch screen, users can expand the iPhone app to nearly fill the iPad’s larger display.
However, Microsoft believes iPad users are better served by the Office 365 web apps anyway.
“With the small screen, it makes a big difference to have a native application,” says White. “With a tablet, you have more screen space to work with, so Office web apps provide a great experience there.”
By the way, the software giant said the app won’t offer the same range of features available on regular computers. Chris Schneider, a marketing manager with Microsoft’s Office team, explained: “We designed the Office Mobile for iPhone to meet the scenarios that make the most sense.”