Back in April 2014, I wrote about the first release of Microsoft’s Excel for iPad, and I found it to have a well-designed UI and most of the features of the desktop version. It was missing some things, like the ability to print, but it was an impressive debut. The biggest issue, of course, was cost: You needed a $100 per year Office 365 subscription to create workbooks.As of version 1.2, released in early November, that restriction has vanished: Excel for iOS can now be used to create spreadsheets, for no cost at all. The only caveat is that you must sign in using a free Microsoft account. If you don't have one, you can register directly from the app's home screen. The form isn't overly complicated, though Microsoft does require a birth date and telephone number. What I thought was a required gender pop-up thankfully offers a "not specified" option—there's no reason Microsoft needs to know one's gender. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here