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Why Office Mobile isn’t a good investment

Business Technology | August 20, 2013

Should you spend $100 each year — what it costs to obtain a required subscription — so you can get Microsoft’s Office Mobile on your iPhone? The short answer? No, you shouldn’t. For an extended answer, you can check out Jill Duffy’s new review of the app at PCMag.com.

Not free

Duffy’s greatest issue with Office Mobile is its cost. To get the app, you’ll have to pay for at minimum a $99 yearly subscription to Microsoft Office 365. For Duffy, this is a bit of a rip-off: There are plenty of free alternatives for most of the tasks that Office performs.

Subscription

That’s because users must purchase a Microsoft 365 subscription before getting access to the app. That subscription will cost at least $99 a year. That’s a big investment, especially when plenty of free alternatives to Office Mobile exist.

Alternatives

If you’re a knowledgeable smartphone user, then, you’ll take Duffy’s advice: Shop around on the ‘Net for the best free alternatives to Office, programs such as Polaris Office. You may be surprised at how powerful these programs are.


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