A version of Microsoft Office for the iPad has finally arrived, but it has done so with a hefty $99-a-year price tag. That’s the cost of a subscription to Office 365, the Microsoft’s online service that allows consumers web access to their Word, PowerPoint and Excel files and for being able to use Office applications on other people’s computers. The new iPad apps will still work without this subscription, but users will only be able to open and view files. They won’t be able to edit and save a document or create one from scratch. Times might be changing but Office is still by far the world’s most popular productivity suite of software — Microsoft claims it has over 1 billion users. Still, many tablet owners may think that an Office 365 subscription is a high price to pay for the sake of continuity and compatibility with documents stored on their PCs. So, what are the alternatives? Read more.