The Verge has unearthed screenshots of the iOS version of the software, which, strangely, doesn’t feature the
Metro interface found in pretty much all of Microsoft’s recent software.
Microsoft has a shrewd plan for Office Mobile: While users can view documents for free, editing them requires a subscription to Office 365, which runs at least $4 per month. Unsurprisingly, Windows Phone Office users can edit for free.
The big question is this: Why is Microsoft bringing Office to Android and iOS at all? Shouldn’t Office be the kind of thing that gets consumers to buy a Windows device over those of competitors?
The answer is actually really simple: Microsoft isn’t stupid. It knows there’s a lot more money in creating Office for iOS and Android than limiting it to Windows. Recent forays into hardware aside, Microsoft is still mostly a software company. And it wants people using its software.