Before today, you needed an annualHome or Personal (or business) subscription to unlock all of the features in Office for iPad. But now you can do so with a monthly subscription, directly from within the Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad mobile apps.
As Microsoft describes it, these new in-app monthly subscription options—you can choose between Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal—are a great choice for individuals—or families—that wish to go month-to-month. You can also choose to switch to a normal annual subscription at a later time from the web, or from iTunes on your PC or Mac, and save money.
How much money?
A monthly subscription to Office 365 Home—good for five users—costs $9.99 per month, or about $120 if you pay for 12 months straight. But an annual subscription to Office 365 Home costs just $99.99, a $20 savings, and you can often find it available for even less: For example, Amazon is currently offering Office 365 Home for just $63.99, a savings of $36 over the normal subscription, and an incredible annual savings $56 over the month-by-month offering.
A monthly subscription to Office 365 Personal costs $6.99 per month through the apps, or about $84 if you were to pay this way for 12 months straight. But an annual subscription to Office 365 Personal costs just $69.99, a $15 savings. But here again, Amazon is offering a much better deal: Office 365 Personal costs just $47.99 right now. That's a savings of $22 over the normal price, and a savings of $36 over the month-by-month offering.
It's worth noting, too, that you can in fact use Office for iPad without paying: In Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad, you can read documents, print, present (in PowerPoint only), and access the contents of your OneDrive storage. The separate OneNote for iPad is full-featured regardless and you don't have to pay for this free offering.