“We want as many users as we can get,” said John Case, corporate vice president of marketing for Microsoft Office. “It’s becoming clearer to us, to continue to be the best paid solution, it’s also important to be the best free solution.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the new free mobile version of Office 365 will include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, allowing users the ability to use most of the basic functions of each software.
However, customers wanting to use more advanced editing such as customization of font charts, tables, and editing will need to purchase a full subscription.
In a interview with Geekwire, Case noted that Office 365 for iPad has received 40 million downloads since its release in March, adding that its “still a fraction of all the customers that have ever bought an iPad.”
“I want as many of them as possible to be in an Office environment, whether that’s the free environment or the paid environment.”
Microsoft will continue to charge desktop and laptop users for a subscription of Office 365.
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