Microsoft’s Freemium Office Apps Rise to the Top of Apple App Store Charts

Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint jumped to the top of Apple's iPad App Store chart within hours of their Thursday debut.
Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint jumped to the top of Apple’s iPad App Store chart within hours of their Thursday debut.

Microsoft’s new Office for iPad apps vaulted to the top of the free application chart on Apple’s App Store shortly after their Thursday debut.

The long-awaited, highly anticipated apps — Word, Excel and PowerPoint — were ranked No. 1, 2 and 3 early today on the App Store’s free iPad app list.

OneNote, which had already been in the App Store — it was also refreshed yesterday — held down the No. 4 spot, giving Microsoft four of the top five for the iPad.

Office for iPad also put out impressive coattails, dragging Office Mobile on the iPhone along with it. According to App Annie, a mobile app analytics vendor, Office Mobile jumped to No. 9 yesterday on the U.S. list from a dismal No. 569 the day before. Apple‘s own free iPhone chart put Office Mobile at No. 7 early today.

Microsoft helped juice Office Mobile’s downloads by changing the rules for the app, allowing free full functionality for home users. Business customers, however, must still subscribe to an Office 365 plan.

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