MS Office for the iPad is Free This Weekend

Got an iPad? office ipadAnd are you withing driving distance of a Microsoft Store? Then I have some good news for you.

Microsoft launched Office for the iPad yesterday, and as part of the promotion they are giving away a free 1 year subscription to Office 365. Yes, the Office app is free in iTunes, but you’ll need the subscription to access most of the features.

Unfortunately, that free 1 year subscription comes with a catch. You have to bring your iPad on to a Microsoft Store, and you have to be one of the first 50 iPad owners to show up at that location.

I don’t know about you, but that’s going to present a problem for this blogger; the closest Microsoft Store is about an hour away. Given the price of gas and the value I put on my time, the $84 that this freebie would save just isn’t worth the hassle. (And it’s for an app I wouldn’t  use much, anyway.)

The offer is good through Sunday, so if this sounds like a good deal to you then check the MS Store website for a local store. There are 60 odd stores in the US and Canada.

And if you’re still on the fence as to whether the subscription is a good value, here’s a chart which lays out the features found in the free app vs the paid subscription. In short, creating, editing, and saving documents requires the subscription:

office 365 subscription chart

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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