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.

                             Microsoft Office iPad apps

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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