Microsoft released office for iPad last week. They have promised to release Office for Android soon as well.
The good news is that it is free to download. The bad news is that it can only be used as a reader. If you want to create or edit documents, you need an Office 365 account. And if you have a personal Office 365 account, the terms don’t let you use it for commercial purposes.
Office 365 is Microsoft’s cloud based service that is purchased for an annual fee.
Even if your office has one of the many flavours of Microsoft corporate licenses, you probably don’t have Office 365 access. That means that to use iPad or Android Office, there is a significant extra cost.
Frankly, while a usable Office on a tablet would be marvelous to have, the price is far too high.
Microsoft has been getting some flak over this. Hopefully they will come up with an alternate way of giving access to those of us who already use Office.
In the meantime, free alternatives such as Google’s Quickoffice work well enough.