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Microsoft Releases Office for iPad: Free(mium) Apps Available Now

Office for iPad

When Microsoft released its Office Mobile app in June, it finally gave iPhone users a way to view and edit native Office documents on the go. While it worked well, it offered limited functionality. And let’s be honest, trying to do any real work on the iPhone’s smaller screen sounds about as fun as giving a cat a bath. That’s why many were hoping for an iPad version, and it has long been rumored that Microsoft was working on a version for the world’s most popular tablet. Well, it’s finally here. Available now from the iTunes Store, Office for iPad brings Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the tablet. It works on iPads running iOS 7.0 or later. With it, you can view, edit and create documents, collaborate with others, and work between your tablet and desktop. Like Office Mobile, though, the Outlook email client isn’t included, although Microsoft does offer an Outlook Web App for the iPad to get your emails.

Read the full story at re/code, and read why it took so long to make this app at re/code.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.