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In addition, Microsoft made the Android and i OS versions of Office Mobile free for 'home use' on phones, although the company still requires an Office 365 subscription for using Office Mobile for business use.
On 6 November 2014, Office was subsequently made free for personal use on the i Pad in addition to phones.
In October 2012, Microsoft released a new version of Microsoft Office Mobile for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8.
This was followed up by the release of Office Mobile for i Phone on 14 June 2013, and Office Mobile for Android phones on 31 July 2013.
As part of this announcement, Microsoft also split up its single "Office suite" app on i Phones into separate, standalone apps for Word, Excel and Power Point, released a revamped version of Office Mobile for i Phone, added direct integration with Dropbox, and previewed future versions of Office for other platforms.
These apps allow users to edit and create documents for free on devices with screen sizes of 10.1 inches or less, though as with the i Pad versions, an Office 365 subscription is required to unlock premium features and for commercial use of the apps.
The core apps are Word, Excel, Power Point, and One Note.
Other Office apps, including Sway, Skype for Business, and Share Point Newsfeed are available for download from the mobile app store on supported devices and platforms.
With steady updates throughout subsequent releases of Windows Mobile, Office Mobile was rebranded as its current name after the release of the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system.
They will be bundled with Windows 10 mobile devices, and available from the Windows Store for the PC version of Windows 10.
Although the preview versions were free for most editing, the release versions will require an Office 365 subscription on larger tablets (screen size larger than 10.1 inches) and desktops for editing, as with large Android tablets.
This release of Office Mobile also included Power Point Mobile for the first time.
With the release of Windows Mobile 6 Standard, Office Mobile became available for the Smartphone hardware platform, but unlike Office Mobile for the Professional and Classic versions of Windows Mobile, creation of new documents is not an added feature.
A popular workaround is to create a new blank document in a desktop version of Office, synchronize it to the device, and then edit and save on the Windows Mobile device.