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Microsoft Issues Rebate Program for Consumer iPad Office 365 Subscribers

Microsoft has established a refund offer for qualifying iPad Office 365 consumer edition users.

The refund offer is tucked away in an obscure Office 365 Web page describing subscription changes for Office 365 Home or Personal users. It was spotted by a VentureBeat article this morning. It's not clear where else Microsoft might have announced it.

The refund offer likely emerged because of Microsoft's announcement yesterday that it was adding document creation and editing capabilities for iPad and iPhone users of Office at no added cost. Essentially, Microsoft is allowing consumer iPad and iPhone users to use Office for free, except for certain advanced features that require an Office 365 subscription.

The free-use permission doesn't apply to using Office for commercial purposes, though. That still requires an Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft began offering iPad access to its Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers on March 27, 2014, according to its refund page description. Subscribers can cancel their Home or Personal Office 365 subscriptions and apply for a rebate based on the time period between the cancellation date and the subscription end date.

The rebate offer comes with some caveats. If the subscription was purchased through the iPad, then the user has to contact Apple iTunes Store support to try to get a rebate. If the subscription was purchased from Microsoft or a non-Apple-affiliated reseller, then Microsoft offers a pro-rated rebate, with qualifications. For instance, the subscription had to have been activated before Nov. 6, 2014 (which is the date Microsoft announced free document creation and editing capabilities). In addition, the rebate request has to arrive by Jan. 31, 2015 at latest.

The deal applies to those who paid for Office 365 Home or Personal subscriptions to use Excel, Word and PowerPoint on iPads.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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