Microsoft Office Mobile for Android has always been free, but there was a catch. Users needed an Office 365 subscription to use it or edit documents on the go. However, just as the app is making its way to the Apple iPads, Microsoft has decided to remove the requirement for an Office 365 subscription for the Android version. This means that you can basically download the app and use it to edit documents on the fly, just like any other word editor.
The app also comes with cloud syncing, so you can sync documents using OneDrive and edit them at your convenience. With Google currently offering several online services to edit documents without the need of a dedicated application, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft started offering its service for free. This might not increase adoption drastically, but Microsoft can hope that at least some users will make up their mind and buy an Office 365 subscription for their computer.
Head over to the Play Store to download the updated Microsoft Office Mobile app.