Microsoft has announced that the mobile version of office for Android, iOS for tablets and smartphones will be offered for free. Earlier, Office 365 users had to spend $99/year for editing and creating files while the free version offered read-only only access.
However, users will have to pay for the desktop version of Office suite that includes PowerPoint, Word, Excel and One Note that is priced at $140 for the home and student versions. Other pricing plans include $7 to $10 per month and $99 annual subscription that varies depending on the number of computers where the suite gets installed.
Microsoft announced on Thursday that it would offer refunds to Office 365 subscribers if certain conditions are fulfilled in the application. The refunds will be applicable to Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscriptions that were purchased after March 26,2014 and were activated before November 6. Office business subscriptions includes more conditions for receiving refunds.
Apple users who have purchased Office 365 from the iOS app will have to contact iTunes Store Support for requesting refunds. Microsoft Accounts and Billing agent can be contacted for applying a refund if the user had brought Office 365 subscription from Microsoft or any reseller. The refund will take a processing time of six to eight weeks and users having multiple Office 365 accounts must provide a combined refund request.
Microsoft also notes that any fraudulent request will result in cancellation of refund as proof-of-purchase documentation needs to be submitted. Microsoft is in the process of developing a new service along with Dropbox for editing and sharing files directly along with multiple sync across various platforms. The company is following a strategy that is likely to attract users into buying the subscription service for desktop that is paid though the premium features are offered on mobile platforms that includes 1TB OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of free Skype calling.
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