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Free iPad Microsoft 'Office' product guide now available, plus more

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A free iPad Microsoft “Office” product guide for the Microsoft “Office for iPad” apps is now available for downloading, according to an April 28 report in Softpedia. The free Microsoft “Office for iPad” app suite includes “Microsoft Word," “Microsoft Excel” and “Microsoft PowerPoint."

“Microsoft Word for iPad” is a free app specifically designed for iPad, which has the familiar “Office” design, complete with ribbons, text boxes, shapes, page layout and more. Documents migrate across devices so the user can begin work on a document with iPad and finish this document with a PC.

“Microsoft Excel for iPad” lets users create the same spreadsheets with formulas, tables, charts, hyperlinks and so forth that they are accustomed to designing on their PC. Like “Microsoft Word," this free app maintains your content and formatting across all devices.

“Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad” lets users create or present “PowerPoint” presentations complete with images, charts, transitions, animations and more, just like they can on the PC version. When presenting, users can use the built-in laser pointer, pens or highlighter. Just like the free iPad apps “Microsoft Word” and “Microsoft Excel," “Microsoft PowerPoint” transitions content and design changes across all devices.

All three Microsoft apps are free to use for viewing documents, spreadsheets and shows. To create or edit anything, however, users need to get an “Office 365” subscription. "Office 365 Personal," is the cheapest "Office 365" subscription at just $5.84 a month (by choosing the $69.99 annual option). This option lets users connect one iPad and one PC or Mac to Microsoft's service. As part of the subscription users get free upgrades to these apps, 27 GB storage on Microsoft “OneDrive” and 60 minutes each month of international Skype calling time.

While the design of these Microsoft “Office” apps are similar to their PC counterparts, there are subtle differences, primarily a byproduct of the touch interface. To get the most out of these free Microsoft “Office” apps in the quickest possible time, Microsoft has created the “Office for iPad Product Guide," which is free to download. This guide is a PDF document contains both easy step-by-step directions and helpful tips. Consumers might even want to download this free guide first to see if the free Microsoft “Office” apps meet their needs.

Cool today among free iPad, iPhone and iPod touch apps worth downloading is “Frugi." This free app is a simple and elegant way to keep track of your daily expenses and income. It includes ways to classify expenses and income, as well as a smart calendar, smart tags, smart search—plus the ability to compare months. What's more, this free app is compatible with Microsoft “Excel."

The free app “Duolingo," helps you learn new languages on the go through mini-games, which also test your reading, writing and speaking skills. This app has 50 games that help players master up to nine languages including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English—completely free.

“Microsoft Word for iPad," “Microsoft Excel for iPad” and “Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad” are designed for iPad. These free apps require iOS 7.0 or later.

“Frugi – Personal finance manager” is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and requires iOS 6.0 or later. This free app is also iPhone 5 optimized.

“Duolingo – Learn Languages for Free” requires iOS 6.0 or later. This free app is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and is iPhone 5 optimized.

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