Microsoft Office for iPad: Method to Get It and Its Loophole

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It is good news that Microsoft Office finally arrived for Apple’s iPad. It allows full access for Office 365 members and limited preview capabilities for non-subscribers.

Anyone with an iPad running iOS 7, iOS 7.1 and above can download the new Office apps, and need an office 365 subscription to actually get any real work done. It is available as 4 free separate iOS apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. You can also read, view and present documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for free. If you want to get it on your iPad, you can try the tips below.

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How to Get Microsoft Office for iPad

Here are the steps:

  1. Download the Microsoft Word for iPad app on your iPad. Launch the app and sign in using a Microsoft or Office 365 account, or create a new account.
  2. The app will ask you to either “Buy Office 365 Home” or “View fir Free”. Select the Office 365 option. It presents a menu where you can purchase a one-year Office 365 subscription for $99.99, which provides access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. It also allows you to access your Office 365 account on up to 5 devices.
  3. If you want to update a free account to Office 365 at any time, click the “Activate” opition at the bottom left of the main menu.

The Loophole of Microsoft Office for iPad

It is reported that there is a loophole in how Office 365 authentication gets enforced on Apple tablets. The loophole allows users who have not paid for the subscription to enjoy the benefits of those tablet apps for iOS.

“Similar to our commercial use rights, we do not strictly enforce the limit on tablet installations, but trust that our users respect and understand the device limits outlined the EULA [end user rights agreement]”, a Microsoft spokesperson said in an interview.

Similar to sharing around an HBO Go password among friends, all that’s required to exploit the loophole is to have others with a valid office 365 account sign into Word, Excel or any other Office app on iPad (it is against the rights agreement that limits you to authenticating only five tablets). If this happens, the iPad will be automatically authenticated for all Office apps and any future users, including those who have paid or haven’t paid for 365.

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