Microsoft has made it just a little easier to access its Office suite for the iPad.

Starting with version 1.1.1 of all three apps, users can now purchase a monthly subscription to Office 365 from inside Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Office 365 Personal, which allows the suite to be used on one Mac or PC and an iPad, is $6.99 per month. The Home subscription, which gives users access to Office on up to five computers and five tablets, is $9.99 per month.

Anyone who purchases a monthly subscription can easily switch over to a yearly billing cycle, if desired.

Both subscription plans also come with 1 TB of cloud storage via OneDrive and 60 minutes of world calling per month through Skype.

Originally arriving on the App Store back in March, you can download Word, PowerPoint, and Excel now for free. All three are designed for the iPad/iPad mini. While users can open Office documents with the free version, an Office 365 subscription is needed to create or edit documents.

The last major update arrived back in late July. Version 1.1 brought PDF exporting and a number of other new features.

I’m glad to see Microsoft allow iPad users to sign up for a monthly subscription. Even though it is more expensive compared to the yearly option, the flexibility should attract more subscribers.

For other app news today, see: Pixel Boat Rush will race onto the App Store in late September, Zynga’s NaturalMotion updates CSR Classics with online multiplayer racing, and Reddit launches new official iOS app dedicated to Ask Me Anything interviews.