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Microsoft releases budget Office 365 Personal, arrival on iPad imminent

Microsoft will release a budget version of its Office productivity suite before it finally arrives on Apple and Android devices in the near future.

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Office 365 Personal includes all of the elements that users are used to with the major difference that it can only be used on one computer and one mobile device as opposed to up to five of each that Office 365 Home allows.

The new product includes Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word with the Office 365 element allowing the suite to be used online through the cloud-based capabilities that come with it.

When it comes to mobile devices it can only currently be used on Microsoft’s tablets but Reuters is reporting that Office 365 will be coming to iPad and iPhone once the firm’s new president Satya Nadella has approved of the release. John Case, Microsoft’s chief of marketing, also added that it has some “pretty exciting plans” for Office and that there is interest in Office landing on the iPad.

Its arrival on the iPad has been whispered about for some time and former CEO Steve Ballmer stated in October 2013 that the firm was already working on a way to bring the productivity suite to the iPad.

The most recent news was last month when The Verge reported that Microsoft will choose to release Office for iPad before July 2014 in order to begin to try and wrest customers away from other popular cloud-based mobile productivity services.

As recently as January 2013 an analyst from Morgan Stanley outlined the positive effect Office for iPad could have for Apple with projections stating it would boost its revenue stream by as much as $1.3 billion [£838 million].

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Office 365 Personal will set back customers $69.99 a year [£42.14] or $6.99 [£4.21] a month for access on one computer and one mobile device.