Microsoft announces mobile editing availability for more subscribers

Microsoft is expanding the availability of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for iOS and Android to Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 F1, Office 365 E1 subscribers. Once available, all Office 365 subscribers will be able to install full versions of the mobile apps on up to 5 devices, and create, edit and share documents on the go.

For more information, see the announcement on the Microsoft blog.

What has been announced today with regards to Office Mobile Apps? What does this mean?

We are extending the rights to Office Mobile apps for iOS and Android to the Office 365 E1, F1 and Business Essential licenses. If your organization or school is using any of those licenses, now users will be able to install any of the Office mobile apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneNote) from the app store on their mobile device and sign in to access their content, whether it is files saved to their own OneDrive or shared with them.

The Office Mobile Apps are available in the app store today and I have installed them. How is this different?

The Office mobile apps are in both the iOS and Android App Stores but currently even if users with E1, F1 and Business Essentials install them and sign in, they can only use the apps to view content, not edit it. With this change all of these licenses will also be able to edit their content in the Office mobile apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel OneNote and Outlook)

I am an existing customer with E1, F1 or BE? When will I get the fully functional Mobile Apps?

Outlook for iOS and Android is already available to all customers with the ability to edit. We are working to provide all customers, with the E1, F1 and BE licenses, full rights to edit their content in the Word, PowerPoint and Excel mobile applications in the next few months.

I have an iPad Pro? When I install the apps, they are read only – why?

For devices with screen sizes over 10.1” users need to have the O365 licenses with desktop apps for PC/Mac to be able to edit. That means only users with Office 365 E3, E5, ProPlus, Business and Business Premium licenses will be able to use the mobile apps to edit on devices with screen sizes over 10.1”.

I have a Windows phone. Do I get the Mobile Apps too?

Yes. The Office mobile apps for Windows mobile will also be available with Office 365 E1, F1 or Business Essentials.

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