The release of Microsoft Office for iPad is significant for tablet users and the big question for UK consumers is whether they need to shell out more money for a productivity suite if they already own iWork. Windows users who also own an iPad may tend to think that Office is worth the money, since it already becomes the industry-standard application.
It should be noted that the free version of Office for iPad is essentially a viewer tool. Users get only read-only capability, they can’t create or edit these files. Users need to type in their credit card information if they want to unlock the full potential of the app. Users are expected to subscribe to Office 365 service, if they want to manipulate Office content. This will cost them $9.99 per month or $99 per year. They also get the permission to provide licenses for five tablets and five PCs/Macs.
On the other hands, iWork is great for iPad users if they work strictly inside Apple’s ecosystem and only rely on the company’s native solutions. However, users would discover compatibility issues when they also use Microsoft Office in their laptops. The bottom line is, Microsoft Office is needed if users continue to collaborate on and work with Office’s standard formats.