Editing in Word, Excel and PowerPoint with Continuum for phones will require an Office 365 subscription starting April 1st 2016.

Windows 10 Mobile users, who’ve been using Word, Excel and PowerPoint with Continuum on phones, will have to start paying for them. Microsoft announced in a blog post that starting April 1st, users who want to edit documents stored on their phones or in OneDrive with Continuum will have to buy an Office 365 subscription.

“Editing in Word, Excel and PowerPoint with Continuum for phones will require an Office 365 subscription, but is available to try without Office 365 through March 31, 2016,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Now this will certainly be disheartening for Windows 10 Mobile users, who expected to use the full potential of Continuum though now they’ll have to pay a price. If they do not subscribe, Word, Excel and PowerPoint will not be more than anything but mere document viewers.

Some users have voiced their concerns over this approach, especially among Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL users who feel the company should give its customers some privilege over rival platforms. The same process applies to Android and iOS users as well, which is a clear reflection of the company’s policy that users better need an Office 365 subscription if they want any editing privileges.

Continuum is undoubtedly one of the key highlights of the Windows 10 ecosystem, giving users the ability to turn their smartphone into a makeshift personal computer and edit documents on a larger screen on the go. Though it appears, Microsoft is on the verge of ruining this nifty feature for its users by charging a fee.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Ever since the Nokia phone business acquisition in 2013, Microsoft’s marketing of Mobile products and software has been unfolding like a slow-motion trainwreck! My inbox would be far-less crowded, if I ONLY had to read about things they occasionally get right — no more stories re. repeated delays; buggy OS releases; cancelled features and devices; weaseling over which devices will get new features… AND, months after “official” release dates – products actually on shelves; no “sign-up to be notified” in place of “add to cart” buttons!

  2. Garbage! They take away anything that makes Windows Mobile better than its competition. It’s like they’re trying to sink their own ship.

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