Microsoft on Monday announced that Microsoft Office for iPad reached 27 million downloads to date which is double the figure announced last month. Last month, Microsoft revealed that the same app has seen 12 million downloads in a week since launch.
During the company’s TechEd conference, Microsoft’s Julia White, general manager of Office division mentioned that the number of downloads for the top 10 countries has reached 27 million from the 12 million figure announced on April 3. However, White did not specify which Office app received the most number of downloads. The 27 million number refers to the free downloads on iPad while the company has not revealed the details of the paid subscribers of Office.
Microsoft has been busy developing the suite by adding new features after Office for iPad app was launched in March this year. Last month the company added AirPrint support to Office and performance enhancements for Excel. The Microsoft Word has emerged as the most popular Office app for iPad beating Google Docs.
The Office for iPad is a “freemium” model, where users can download Word, Excel and Powerpoint for free and can be used for viewing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The paid version of Office has features like document editing and creation and an Office 365 subscription. Google has also moved in same path by separating Docs, Sheets and Presentations from the core Google Drive app, but all those are available for free.
A Microsoft Office 365 subscription is priced at $69.99 per year for one device while the Home Premium subscription price at $99.99 per year allows installation on multiple devices. The features offered include 20GB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype calling per month.
The large download figure has also increased revenue for Apple which receives 30 percent of a subscription as users opt for the paid version of Office 365 for complete features.[ Via]