This Is Why Microsoft Is Charging You $99 A Year To Use Office For iPad
"Reviewers have criticized Microsoft's pricing scheme for the new Office for iPad as being too high.
"But it's really a brilliant way to give iPad users access to Office, while giving Microsoft a solid chance to avoid forking over 30% of the price to Apple.
"The deal is, you can download the app for free and this lets you view Office apps. If you want to edit them, you have to sign in with an Office 365 account.
"To get an Office 365 account, you have to have one of the subscription options: $99/year for a family account (works on up to five devices); $80 for a student account that lasts four years and covers two devices.
"But the only subscription that can be bought from within the iPad app is the $99/year option.
"By giving the app away for free, Microsoft gets a shot at completely side-stepping revenue-sharing with Apple, reports Computerworld's Gregg Kiezer.
Yeah, I'd say $99/year is high. Fortunately I'll never have to pay anything like that for similar functionality.