Mid-size Windows tablets all come with a free subscription to Office 365. What many people don’t realize is that this can also be used on a laptop or phone.
When you buy a Windows 8.1 tablet smaller than 9 inches, you also get a one-year subscription to Office 365, which gives you full access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more, plus 1 TB of OneDrive online storage. This is great, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could also use all this software on your PC, without paying any more?
You can. The Office 365 subscription that comes with Windows tablets also works on one PC or Mac; one iPad, Android, or Windows tablet; plus one phone.
Now that’s a good deal.
Making a Good Deal Even Better
There are some high-quality Windows tablets out there, like the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen , the Asus VivoTab Note 8 , and the Dell Venue 8 Pro. These mid-size devices cost under $300, some way under.
Now factor in that the lowest annual subscription cost for Office 365 is $70, and consider that those who are already planning to buy a copy of this productivity suite for their laptop or desktop can get both it and a tablet for a surprisingly small amount of money.
Maybe an Even Better Deal?
Microsoft doesn’t point this out, but there’s nothing about the Office 365 subscription that comes with the mid-size Windows tablet that says it has to be installed on that device. It’s not tied to that computer in any way.
So you could buy an inexpensive tablet (like the upcoming Lenovo ideapad MIIX 300 that will be just $149) and use it for casual web surfing and games, or give it to your kids, and then put Office on your PC and Microsoft Surface 3, or even your iPad.