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Downloads of Microsoft Office apps break the 100 million mark

This new milestone has suggested that the company’s strategy to cross platforms is a successful one.

According to the latest download figures, Microsoft Office apps have now been downloaded over 100 million times, which has indicated that despite a great deal of controversy surrounding the cross platform strategy that the company has adopted, it is paying off.

The suite of apps has been made available to users of Android, iOS and recently Windows Phone based devices.

The software and technology giant held its third quarter earnings call, last week, and revealed that its Microsoft Office apps have been doing very well on the operating systems of its rivals, Google and Apple. “We are clearly taking Office everywhere” explained the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, as it described the rapidly growing popularity of the suite of applications.

He went on to state that “Core to our mobile first strategy is to ensure that our service end points are on every mobile device, and to that end we have seen continued momentum with more than 100 million downloads of Office on iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets.”microsoft office apps break 100 million mark

Nadella pointed out that the cross platform versions of the Microsoft Office apps is only the start.

He also discussed the recent release of Outlook mobile apps on the Android and iOS platforms which occurred in the second quarter of this year. Moreover, Nadella also said that the company is making updates to its OneDrive applications and that said that there would very soon be a preview of an upcoming version of the Office software suite that has been designed for Mac computers. This, he said, means that the Office service is now being made available to users on more devices than ever before.

This represents considerable achievements for Microsoft, since the rise in use of Microsoft Office apps has also meant that there has been a notable increase in the subscriptions to Office 365. According to the figures cited by Nadella, that service is now seeing an average of 1 million new customers every month and that the company now has over 12 million subscribers to that service. That represents a very healthy growth of 35 percent over what it had been in the quarter before.

Latest Microsoft Office apps are touchscreen friendly

The applications are designed for users of Window phones and other mobile devices based on the platform.

Last Friday, a long awaited announcement about Microsoft Office was finally made, to unveil the suite of apps that would be available in a format that was touchscreen friendly, to make it possible for the users of mobile devices to actually use the applications with greater ease.

The suite is meant for users of Windows phone and includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The touchscreen compatible Microsoft Office apps version will not only make it possible for users of Windows Phone based devices to work on documents within those programs, but it is also meant to make it possible for those docs to transfer from one type of device to another with greater ease. The company has called them its Office Universal apps and the test versions have already become available. That said, it has also announced that the full versions of these mobile apps will become available before the end of April.

This new touchscreen version of Microsoft Office apps is an announcement that many users have awaited for months.

Microsoft  Office AppsPretty much everyone knew that these mobile apps were on their way, but the main question was when they would actually become available for users of Windows phone and tablet devices. There have already been similar Office apps launched that are touchscreen friendly and that have been released by Microsoft for users of tablets running on Android from Google, and on Apple’s iPhones and iPads. This was quite the step away from the traditions of the company and the mobile technology industry, for that matter.

The idea behind that strategy was that those rival platforms are the most popular at the moment and are currently dominating the mobile computing industry. Therefore, they were catering to a market that was much larger and more lucrative for its Office products than its own platform of Windows for smartphones and tablets.

The basic functions of the Microsoft Office apps will be available to everyone for free, but users will need to subscribe to Office 365 (a paid Cloud based service) in order to obtain advanced editing features.