Microsoft Office for the Apple iPad is official
Once you start talking about editing a document, or starting a brand new one, you will need to pay for an Office 365 subscription. The Home Premium edition is $99.99 for a year while students pay $80 for the the University edition. Later this year, Microsoft will launch a $70 Personal edition. Office for iPad supports text re-flowing, formatting and more. Excel brings its own custom numeric keyboard. "This is definitely not the Windows app ported to the iPad," said Microsoft Office GM Julia White. Microsoft has also updated the Apple iPhone version of Office, making it free now for home use
For Microsoft, this could be a profitable offering. Bernstein Research analyst Mark Moerdler earlier this year estimated that if 10% of iPad users subscribe to Office, it could add $1.1 to $1.5 billion in revenue annually for the Redmond based software giant.
Microsoft launches Office for iPad
source: CNBC, TheVerge via Engadget
1. Raifid (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Nice, I sometimes forget they are a software company. And they are going to want their software in every electronic device possible.
4. Gsizzle (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Well they have no other choice, they can't just sell office that's only compatible with their PC's anymore. In this era PC's are not top sellers what they once used to be anymore. Devices like Macs, iPads and other low budget Android tablets are eating up PC's shares dramatically.
Branching out their software's on different platforms will in turn be more profitable for them. I am liking the new CEO's strategy already.
2. hmd74 (Posts: 274; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
the question is what would Microsoft laugh at in it's ads?
11. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Exactly...lol. Are they gonna take jabs at the iPad?
6. jellmoo (Posts: 643; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Well, otherwise it's $10 a month, so a yearly subscription saves you $20.
5. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
man i've been waiting forever for this.
9. buccob (Posts: 1335; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
what else am I missing?
I know those can't compare 100% to Full Office Premium... but when it comes to free.......
10. skymitch89 (Posts: 1036; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I think that it's crap that Microsoft wants people to pay $100+ every few years to keep the same program on their device. That's why I'm going to stick with my Office 2010 Pro that I got as a student for $80+ tax.
12. gigaraga (Posts: 608; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
When is saw this on the App Store, I instantly got it. It's excellent and something that iPads lacked for productivity. Great!