Last month, Microsoft announced record revenues largely based on the huge success of it Office 2010 products. A report today suggests that the Redmond company is set to extend the profitability of the software by making it available for the iPad.
The news comes from sources who spoke to The Daily saying the iPad version of Office would be available some time next year – along with an updated version of the software to run on Mac OS X Lion.
The new apps are expected to cost around the same as Apple’s own Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps, which currently cost £6.99. While a lot of Microsoft’s attention next year will be on the launch of Windows 8, we should be seeing the Office apps sooner than that. Indeed they could be launched in March, the rumoured date the iPad 3 will launch.
The new apps are also expected to work well with Office 365’s cloud-based service with the iPad documents also playing nicely with the desktop versions of Office.
2012 is shaping up to be a huge year for Microsoft and considering the iPad currently holds around 80 per cent of the tablet market, the new apps could prove a nice little earner for the Redmond-based company.
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