It’s needless to say that the Microsoft Office suite is essential to any corporate environment, but what about when we are out of the office? With the constant growth in BYOD (bring your own device) in companies and increasing mobile workforce, Microsoft Office has become available for free across many devices, including Apple iOS, Android and Microsoft, so you can be productive anywhere you like.
The change actually occurred last year, in 2014. However, many people are still not aware that they can download the Office apps for free and the functionalities go beyond the “read only” component. Before 2014, if someone wanted the editing features, they had to pay for an Office 365 subscription. Now, you can download Office on your tablet or phone and access your documents with the possibility of viewing, editing and presenting them, as well as storing all documents on OneDrive or Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all.
However, it’s important to remember that this applies only for documents downloaded and stored for personal use. For business purposes, Microsoft offers an Office 365 subscription which starts from $7.00 user/month. If you don’t have a license, you can still read documents but you won’t get the full editing and creation experience.
MICROSOFT OFFICE DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR IPAD AND IPHONE
Ok, they were a bit late to the party. Microsoft only enabled editing functionalities to IPad users four years after it was launched. Before this release, the only available app was Office for iPhone, which allowed users to connect with their OneDrive. The app, however, did not allow the user to edit or create documents.
Microsoft Office is also now universal across all Apple iOS devices, meaning that one download of the apps will allow them to work on both the user’s iPhone and iPad. All of the most useful and essential features of the desktop Office suite are built for touch from the start and, when combined with the iOS aesthetic, you can easily and conveniently work directly from your iPad and iPhone.
WHAT OFFICE APPS CAN I RUN ON MY IOS OR ANDROID DEVICE?
The apps that are synchronised are Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, all coming with basic editing capabilities for files under each app. For more advanced editing features users will still require an Office 365 subscription.
How does it work? Go to the apps store and install the programs separately. Then, access all the documents you have stored in your OneDrive, Dropbox or SharePoint and you are good to go! You will be able to access the same files you have on your phone and computer and potentially access your company’s main drives if you move them to SharePoint, if you have a SharePoint license, of course. If you do, just use it as a destination and voilà.
Talk to us if you want to know more on how to set up Microsoft Office on the go. Bremmar can also design and implement a SharePoint solution so you can access corporate documents anytime and anywhere, or evaluate Office 365 subscriptions that would suit your business IT. Contact us on 1300 991 351, and one of our techs will be able to help you.