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Jim Rossman: Word for iPad is free — for some users


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This week's reader question is a follow-up to my recent review of the Apple Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro.

"In today's review, you talked about replacing your laptop with iPad. I got my first iPad in February and downloaded Microsoft Word. I guess I can use it to open Word documents but have to buy Word to type anything. From what I read, I have to pay a monthly fee for Word for the iPad. When my wife got a Mac years ago, we were able to buy Office and get Word that way for just a one-time purchase price. Can I get that for my iPad and pay one time and avoid the monthly payment?"

Well, it depends on what kind of iPad you have.

Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) are free to download on the iOS app store.

You can create, edit, open and print Office documents with your iPad or iPhone, but whether or not you have to pay depends on the size of your iPad's screen.

If your iPad screen is smaller than 10.1 inches, you can use the Office apps for free. You will need to create a free Microsoft account.


If your iPad screen is larger than that, which includes the latest 10.2-inch iPad and the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, you'll need a Microsoft 365 subscription to use Office apps for iOS.

You can subscribe for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.

With the subscription, you will get premium versions of the apps with more robust features.

You may want to look at other word processing apps for iOS for free or that you can buy outright.


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