As of 2PM ET today you can download Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad from the App Store. The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. Your documents will look as good as they do on your PC and Mac®, and better than ever on your iPad. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. When you edit a document, you can be sure that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. And, you always have access to your up-to-date documents in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.
Your $99/year Office 365 subscription not only gets you the Office for iPad apps installed on up to 5 tablets, but also 5 copies across Office for your PCs and Macs. With one subscription all of your devices are covered, so you can work the way you want.
If you already have a Office 365 subscription activating the apps is not exactly intuitive when you start up. You are given two options Use for Free or Buy Office 365 Subscription. You must select the Use for Free option after which you will be given the option to validate by signing in.
On first look the apps look very good…finger friendly yes still obviously Office so opening and editing documents is intuitive for regular Office users. I will post a more comprehensive opinion after have used the three apps for a few days. Meanwhile try them out and let me know if this release will help Microsoft sell more subscriptions or is it late to the Tablet party.