Nearly a year after launching Office Mobile for the iPhone, Microsoft has released Office for iPad, which brings Word, Excel and PowerPoint – but not Outlook – to any iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. Office for iPad lets you view, edit and create documents on your own or with others, and lets you work back and forth between your tablet and desktop. It’s not a perfect experience, though; the apps are only compatible with Microsoft’s OneDrive, which means no access to Google Drive or Dropbox. Then, there’s the cost. The free download of Office for iPad lets you read Word documents, work with Excel data and present PowerPoint presentations. But to do anything more than that, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription, which starts at $99 per year. If you’re already an Office 365 subscriber, Office for iPad is a no-brainer. For everyone else? It depends on how much you’ll use the mobile apps. If you want to try it out – or get the full version – Office for iPad is available in the App Store today.

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit

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