Finally the news we all have been waiting for. According to reports, Microsoft has officially rolled out the company's Office suite app for the likes of smartphones running on Android and iOS. Previous to this, the company has already pushed out the app for iPad.
The new app was officially revealed via Microsoft's new chief executive, Satya Nadella on Thursday with the event also being his first public appearance after assuming his new role in the company.
The Office suite comes with all the expected features including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and is currently available for download for free via Apples App Store. The new suite works on a freemium model, and even if users decide not to opt for an Office 365 subscription, they can still do a number of basic tasks via the app. However, for more advanced tasks and features, users will need to subscribe to the Office 365 suite.
The suite is set to cost $9.99 per month for Office 365 Home Premium and $6.99 per month for the upcoming Personal plan. The Office suite will sync with the user's SkyDrive account, so as to enable users to work on their documents or presentations on the go.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Nadella also made it clear that connecting users to Microsoft's cloud services, regardless of platform, has always been the company's priority.
"The question for us is how we can thrive in this world: what innovation can we bring," Nadella said in February, as stated via PC World. "And if you look at the co-evolution of hardware and software [that] is going to define what's going to happen. We have a particular definition of mobile which is perhaps skewed to the mobile phone."
"But you take the industrial Internet or the Internet of everything, everything's going to be connected to the cloud, and data. So that's the world that we are building for."
Nadella has also confirmed that he will be present at the Microsoft Build 2014 conference in San Francisco next week. Microsoft is expected to have more operating system and other platform announcements at the event.