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Free iPad apps worth getting, plus 'Microsoft Office' now available

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Free iPad apps worth getting today start with “IQ Mission 2," a free iPad app that's compatible with iPhone and iPad touch. Also, “Microsoft Office 365 Personal” is now available for iPad users, according to an April 15 report in GottaBeMobile.

One of the coolest free iPad apps (regularly 99 cents) available for free download, today, is “IQ Mission 2." In this game players visit three cities—Barcelona, Tokyo and Tikal—and solve the puzzles that they find there. This free app has 96 levels with three types of logic puzzle games and a mission target.

“Microsoft Office 365 Personal” is finally available for iPad. In addition to the iPad, users can install this version of “Microsoft Office” on one PC or Mac. The cost of a subscription to “Microsoft Office 365 Personal” is just $6.99 a month—or, $69.99 a year.

If a user wants “Microsoft Office” installed on his or her iPad, in addition to one installed on a PC or Mac, the “Personal” version is probably the cheapest way to do it. If a user needs “Microsoft Office” installed on more than one iPad and computer, then “Microsoft Office 365 Home” is necessary.

The “Home” version permits installation of “Microsoft Office” on five iPads and five computers. The annual subscription to the “Home” version is $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year.

The “Home” subscription plan is cheaper per installation than the “Personal” plan. But, of course, free is even better and users do have some free options for getting “Microsoft Office."

Three individual free apps constitute “Office for iPad.” They are “Microsoft Word for iPad,” “Microsoft Excel for iPad,” and “Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad” but each is limited to letting users view documents that were created by others. If a user wants to edit one of these documents—or create a new one—a subscription to “Microsoft Office 365” is required.

However, there is a way to get “Microsoft Office” completely free. With “Microsoft Office Online” users can create, edit, store and share documents created in “Word," “Excel," “PowerPoint” and even “OneNote," all for free. Plus users can access “Microsoft Office Online” from any browser—so users can use “Microsoft Office” on their iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, or iPod touch.

“IQ Mission 2” requires iOS 4.3 or later and supports Game Center. This app is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and is optimized for iPhone 5.

“Microsoft Word for iPad” requires iOS 7 or later. Throughout your “Microsoft Office” subscription, this free iPad app is updated for free.

“Microsoft Excel for iPad” requires iOS 7 or later. Throughout your “Microsoft Office” subscription, this free iPad app is updated for free.

“Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad” requires iOS 7 or later. Throughout your “Microsoft Office” subscription, this free iPad app is updated for free.

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