It did take a while for Microsoft to come through with Office for iPad, but with the latest update to the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps, they’re now much more competent than ever before. After the fallout with Windows 8, the software maker has built up a favorable reputation for actually listening to the concerns of consumers, and having taken on board the numerous critiques of the Office apps for iPad, has delivered quite a significant bump to each, pushing the version numbers up to 1.1 in the process.

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Microsoft has been working very hard to boost consumer interest in its Office suite, offering a series of deals and promotions over the past couple of months. In the latest, the software maker will be offering full on Office 365 access in a new ‘Personal’ package that allows customers to activate the service on one PC or Mac, and one tablet, for just $69 per year. Full details can be found right after the leap.

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Today has been a busy day for Microsoft, and in particular, its Office suite. Having finally made its way to the App Store for iPad following an announcement by Satya Nadella, users of the Apple tablet can finally enjoy Word, Excel and PowerPoint on their devices. A subscription service, Office 365 costs $99.99 per year for those looking to create, edit and save their documents on-the-go, but for a limited time, the software giant is offering one year’s free Office 365 to iPad users prepared to traipse over to their local Microsoft Store.

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Not before time, Microsoft has taken the wraps off Office for iPad, comprising of three apps: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The Redmond’s famed productivity suite has taken its time to trickle out for Apple’s iOS device range, with the company having played hard-ball in order to sway users into purchasing Windows 8 / RT tablets. Details, as always, can be found right after the leap.

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Microsoft seems determined to make the most of its ecosystem and that’s never been more clear than the news that the company has launched the somewhat less than exciting Office Remote app for Windows Phone. If you’ve ever wanted to interact with Microsoft’s Office apps by using your Windows Phone instead of a mouse, then you’re in luck.

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It has taken a fairly long time for Microsoft’s Office suite to reach the mobile scene, and even though the launches for iOS and Android are now official, the Redmond company neglected to bring support for Apple’s iPad right off the bat. Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has assured iPad users that touch support for the larger displays of Apple’s iDevice is forthcoming, adding that work is “in progress,” and that users can still access Office Web Apps using their browser.

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The mobile community has waited a long time for Microsoft Office to finally begin supporting devices other than the Redmond’s own range, and today, the launch of the famed productivity suite on Android begins. Although there’s not yet any support for Android tablets, the smartphone community on Google’s mobile OS can today enjoy Office on their handsets, provided they’re running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. Details after the break.

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Microsoft is well known for throwing out deals to entice users into long-term adoption of its flagship products, so it should come as no surprise to see the Redmond outfit use a free Xbox LIVE subscription as leverage for those signing up to Office 365. The productivity suite has been the subject of heavy promotion of late, and if you were tempted to subscribe to Office 365, you now have twelve more reasons to go ahead and take advantage.

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After numerous rumors and intense speculation, Microsoft’s fantastic and extremely popular Office package has managed to find its way onto the iPhone. The package, which landed on Apple’s App Store today, is a mobile optimized companion app that has been built from the ground up to provide access to the loved Office suite of applications directly from an iPhone. This is a fairly notable release by the Redmond company and has been expected for some time, but for some reason has managed to come with minimal fuss and a distinct lack of celebration.

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Prepare yourself Microsoft software lovers, as it seems that potential changes are afoot over at the Redmond headquarters. It seems that well-placed sources are suggesting that Microsoft is taking a very serious look at introducing a fully functioning and official version of the Office productivity suite in 2014 for the Linux platform. We aren’t suggesting that a release of Office for Linux would instantly make desktop Linux a more appealing proposition to every computer user in the world, but it would certainly act as encouragement for those who have been dicing with the idea of introducing Linux into their lives.

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Redmond-based Microsoft is today launching its Office 2013 and new Office 365 subscriptions, bringing an end to the speculation of exactly when the new Office was going to land. Having taken to Twitter yesterday to tease an event in Bryant Park, NYC occurring today, a banner plastered across the Office website, which read: “Coming January 29th. More time to do the things you want,” left us in no doubt. The big launch is a significant date in the Windows maker’s calendar, especially with the Surface Pro just around the corner, it also spells the beginning of the end of the preview grace period, which will expire 60 days from now.

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The notion of Microsoft bringing its Office productivity suite to iOS has been long-standing, and while the Redmond-based company has, typically, revealed little with regards to its plans (if any), the release of OneNote for iPad earlier this year certainly seemed indicative of things to come. The Verge then waded into the argument in November by showing off some leaked images indicated Office could release for iOS early next year under a freemium model. Today, references to a slew of potential Office for iOS apps have surfaced on the software maker’s support site, and although the product tags depicted look to have been applied somewhat hurriedly, the spot is as strong an indicator as we’ve seen that Microsoft is plotting to release Office for iOS.

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