This coverage is specifically dedicated to all the Apple users who were craving for Microsoft Office. Yes, Apple has finally managed to bring Microsoft Office suite available on the Mac App Store!
Apple had initially announced about they would be bringing this big gift by the end of 2018; obviously there has been a slight delay, but well better sooner than never.
Apple and Microsoft Office –
It was a pleasant day for all Apple users on the 24th of January, 2019. The Office 365 suite is here! Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive are all included as part of the Microsoft Office 365 app bundle; and you’ll need an Office 365 subscription to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
The apps are the same versions that have been previously available to Mac owners through Microsoft’s own website; but they’re now neatly packaged in the Mac App Store. The biggest benefit of this is that the Office apps will be automatically updated through the App Store; instead of Microsoft’s separate AutoUpdate (MAU) tool that’s typically used to update Office for Mac.
Apple’s senior vice president of world-wide marketing, Phil Schiller, said the following –
“We are excited to welcome Microsoft Office 365 to the all new Mac App Store in macOS Mojave. Apple and Microsoft have worked together to bring great Office productivity to Mac users from the very beginning. Now, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it’s easier than ever to get the latest and best version of Office 365 for Mac, iPad and iPhone.”
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Specifications and Price of Office 365 in Apple –
Microsoft is offering a one-month trial of Office 365; after which you’ll have to opt for Office 365 Personal at $69.99 a year ($6.99 per month); or Office 365 Home at $99.99 a year ($9.99 a month).
Office 365 Home covers Office apps for up to six users on PC or Mac; and both subscriptions come with an additional 1TB of OneDrive storage per user. This also includes 60 minutes of Skype calls per month.
Shaan Pruden, senior director of worldwide developer relations at Apple, says the following –
that when the company overhauled the App Store last year, it added the ability to roll several apps into a subscription package; with the idea of bringing Microsoft Office into the fold. That lack of bundling had been a stumbling block to an earlier partnership.
“One of the features that we brought specifically in working with Microsoft was the ability to subscribe to bundles; which is obviously something that they would need in order to bring Office 365 to the Mac App Store.”
Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365 explained the following –
That’s because Microsoft sells Office 365 subscriptions as a package of applications; and it didn’t want to alter the experience by forcing customers to download each one individually.
“The apps themselves are updated through the App Store, and we’ve done a lot of great work between the two companies to make sure that the experience really feels good and feels like it’s fully integrated,” he said.
That includes –
- support for dark mode.
- photo continuity to easily insert photos into Office apps from Apple devices.
- app-specific toolbars for the Touch Bar.
Businesses and Microsoft Office –
Businesses can order Microsoft Office bundles through the App Store and then distribute them using the Apple Business Manager, a tool Apple developed last year to help IT manage the application distribution process. Once installed, users have the same ability to access their subscriptions, complete with settings across devices.
Neither company was willing to discuss the timeline it took to get to this point; or the financial arrangements between the two companies. But in the standard split for subscriptions, the company gets 70% of the price the first year with Apple getting 30% for hosting fees. That changes to an 85/15 split in subsequent years.
Apple noted that worldwide availability would be available by the 25th of January, 2019. Hence, probably it’s wise to mention, “Patience is Virtue”.