The decision was made in order to align Office Mobile for Windows Phone with its iOS and Android counterparts. As a result, Office Mobile now lets smartphone users view, as well as edit, content on the go for free.
An Office 365 subscription is no longer required for editing.
No new features were released today. The changelogs for both iOS and Android apps are the same:
- Office Mobile is now free for home use.
- Bug fixes and stability improvements.
Microsoft is making this change in response to both Apple’s and Google’s free mobile office suites.
Apple offers iWork for free (iOS 7 and up) on its new devices and Google offers QuickOffice for free on its new devices (Android 4.4 and up).