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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