Office for iPad downloads top 12 million in a week

Office for iPad downloads have already topped 12 million in the week since they were first launched.

Microsoft officially revealed the brand new Office for iPad app suite in a dedicated press conference on March 27, bringing PowerPoint, Word, OneNote and Excel apps to the iPad for the first time.

Despite calls that Microsoft has left it too late to launch dedicated iPad Office apps, it seems consumers have other ideas.

Microsoft has announced that in just over a week, Office for iPad downloads from the App Store have topped 12 million.

“More than 12 million downloads of Word, Excel, PPT & OneNote for #iPad from the @AppStore
All the Office for iPad apps are free to download and offer the ability to view and present documents for free. However, if you want to create and edit those documents, spreadsheets or presentations you’ll need a Microsoft Office 365 subscription.

For Office 365 Home Premium, you’ll need to pay £79.99 a year or £7.99 per month to get support for up to 5 PCs or Macs with access to all software. This subscription will support Office for iPad as well.

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The Office for iPad suite has been “uniquely built for the iPad” and offers a very familiar user interface to that experienced on the desktop version.

Touch handles have been introduced, helping you manipulate items within documents on your iPad.

Unique iPad features include a laser pointer for PowerPoint that lets you make a focus point of items in a slide and annotate them in real-time.

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