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Microsoft inched a bit closer to bringing
the one app to the iPhone that s long been
The software giant on Friday released
Office Mobile for iPhone in the iTunes Store.
But don t get too excited, Office fans. While
it s a free download, Office Mobile for iPhone
will only work for subscribers to Microsoft s
Office 365 Home Premium and ProPlus
service. And it s optimised for the iPhone,
not Apple s larger iPads.
"We don t view this as a standalone app,"
said Chris Schneider, a marketing manager
in Microsoft s Office division.
Indeed, while rumours of Office coming
to iOS have heated up over the last few
years, this release will have particularly lim-
ited appeal for the more than 350 million
users of iPhones worldwide. That s because,
as Microsoft noted last month, Office 365
has 1 million subscribers. The new app, by
the way, is officially dubbed "Office Mobile
for Office 365 subscribers" in the iTunes
Store, but Microsoft is referring to it in press
materials as Office Mobile for iPhone.
Microsoft has tried to leverage the widely
used Office, which is preinstalled on mobile
phones running its Windows Phone oper-
ating system, to eke out market share in the smart-
phone business that s dominated by devices running
iOS and Google s Android mobile operating system.
In the first quarter, Windows Phone accounted for
just 3.2 per cent of the worldwide smartphone oper-
ating system market share, compared with 17.3 per
cent for iOS and 75 per cent for Android, according
So rather than give up that leverage, Microsoft is
limiting the potential market for Office on iOS, while
using the platform s popularity to help boost Office
365. That service costs $100 a year, and offers sub-
scribers the ability to install Office apps on up to five
devices such as PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones.
Office Mobile for iPhone "really points to rounding
out that device experience," Microsoft s Schneider
What s more, because the app is offered for free,
Apple receives no royalty when iPhone users download
it, a Microsoft spokeswoman said. The app, which
is being offered in the United States only, will roll
out internationally next week.
Office Mobile for iPhone includes access to Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint. The programmes aren t meant
for document, spreadsheet, and presentation creation.
Rather, they are aimed at helping Office users make
quick fixes to existing work, and share those files.
The files, like all Office 365 documents, will sync
with Microsoft s SkyDrive Web storage service. Users
won t be able to store files using the app on Apple s
iCloud service. (CNet)
Microsoft Office for iOS is here
The solar-powered Solar Impulse is on its
way to the nation s capital---with a slight layover
The plane took off from Lambert-St Louis
International Airport early Friday morning with
Solar Impulse co-founder and CEO André
Borschberg at the controls. But before heading
all the way to Washington, the Solar Impulse
will make a pit stop at Cincinnati Municipal
Lunken Airport to avoid "challenging weather."
"The flight will be split in two because strong
cross and head winds would slow the aircraft
and make it impossible for the pilot to reach the
nation s capital in one go in less than 24 hours
which is the limit set for the pilot in the cramped
single-seater cockpit," according to a release.
The flight marks the start of the fourth leg of
the solar-powered plane s flight across America.
Bertrand Piccard, pilot and Solar Impulse co-
founder, will take over the aircraft in Cincinnati
and complete the flight to Washington Dulles
International Airport. He is expected to land
sometime after midnight tonight.
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA plane started its
journey across America at Moffett Field in Moun-
tain View, California, on May 3. On a mission
to promote the importance of clean technology,
the solar-powered plane has already made stops
in Phoenix, Dallas, and St Louis. After making
it to Washington, the fifth and final leg of the
flight will end at JFK Airport in New York in
The aircraft has 12,000 solar cells built into
its wings that charge lithium batteries, enabling
the plane to fly both day and night for up to 26
hours at a stretch. It has the wingspan of a large
passenger jet, at 208 feet, and the weight of a
small car at 3,527 pounds.
plane heads to
...but with limited use
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