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Microsoft To Launch Office On iPad

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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.

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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.

Would you use Office on your iPad? Or indeed would the availability of Office make you buy an iPad? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The Daily via The Verge

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Gk.pm

November 30, 2011, 3:25 pm

Would be good, if only to guarantee compatibility with some macro-heavy spreadsheets and media-rich Powerpoint files I sometimes get.

Also interesting to see how will Microsoft switch their office package to a mostly touch interface.

However it is unfortunate that there's no plans to make a version for Android tablets such as TR's Laptop and Tablet of the Year.

Antooo

November 30, 2011, 3:59 pm

I think this would remove a pretty large barrier for the enterprise market, it certainly has made me stop and think about buying an android tablet as planned as having good office integration would be a boon for me work wise.

It's a tough choice for Microsoft given large profit potential via app sales vs. potentially harming the windows 8 tablet uptake (the office compatibility being a big draw for some) but I guess the installed base on the iPad was too tempting....

Tony Walker

November 30, 2011, 10:59 pm

I fear they'll hinder the usefullness of the apps by not putting VBA into them. Microsoft had to have a rethink when it removed VBA from the previous version of Office for OS X.

itsallgonepearshaped

December 1, 2011, 2:59 am

I agree, it would be fabulous for working on the move. However I think we can safely file this under hokum. Microsoft wouldn't risk canabalising Windows 8 revenue for anything at the moment. Everything is riding on it being a success, including using it as a tablet operating system. Why would they give someone (the enterprise market) an excuse not to buy a Windows 8 tablet?
Mind you, Office "touch" edition on the Ipad with 'crippled' functionality would be either the carrot or the stick to persuade people that Windows 8 "touch+" edition is the right choice.

ShuffleTags

December 1, 2011, 3:53 am

The strategy seems pretty clear to me; to prove a point.

Have an inferior / cut down version of office installed on OSX (more than likely at the same functionality as the office web apps you find within sky drive or maybe office 365).

Then release a fully functional office suite running on windows 8 under the metro UI to basically embarrass its 'toy tablet' counterparts on a feature by feature basis whilst maintaining the same experience within the tablet form factor.

This achieves two objectives, the first is that it sets a common benchmark across devices for customers to compare against; for consumers 'toy tablets' may be fine as a couch surfing device which allows you to take note of your shopping list and maybe calculate your weekly bills. Enterprise customers however, (Microsoft's core market) require fully functional 'PC''s to go about their daily business and what they are really after, is a 'PC' in a tablet form factor (windows 8 tablet) this then cements that idea by providing them with another comparable.

The second, is that this strategy will act as a carrot drawing many of the power users back to windows via a 'windows 8 tablet pc', whom require a much more feature rich experience than those found on OSX / Android (mobile OS) devices.

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