Microsoft Office for the iPad leaks, hinting at the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint tablet interface
0. phoneArena 21 Feb 2012, 07:09 posted on
The new UI is reminiscent of the OneNote app, with hints of the Metro-style UI of Windows Phone and Win 8 - no Ribbon interface any more. The large, finger-friendly buttons are supposedly what we will be seeing on Windows 8 tablets as well, be they ARM or Intel-based, when they hit later this year...
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1. tuminatr (Posts: 725; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
now microsoft is getting smart, release this for the iphone, android and blackberry would be a good idea too
8. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Yep... More money for microsoft. Great ide for advertising.
2. Karan_Malhotra (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Bad idea...office on windows exclusivety will be lost
4. fprefect (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
Office has been on Macs since 1994 so it's not Windows-exclusive. And it's a great idea to introduce the software on a competing platform to work out the bugs before you introduce a version for your your own.
5. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
How many iPads are out there?
It would be hard for Microsoft to "convert" those existing iPad to a pure Microsoft platform.
MS may as well try to get some money from the existing iPad folks.
For a "pure" MS platform ... perhaps they can add addition features that an iOS platform may be limited/restrictive on to attract those on the fence of iOS/MS.
If you can't beat them ... join them ... especially if you can make a buck or two at it.
6. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Don't forget Microsoft is a software company first and foremost, it's their business selling softwares, so this makes sense.
10. downphoenix (Posts: 2768; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Seems like a bad move for Microsoft. Releasing apps like Office will get rid of one of their biggest selling points of Windows 8 tablets when they come out. It seems like Microsoft is just giving up on Mobile with all the apps they've recently released for ios devices (but for some reason they are bypassing Android) and is going to just release their software for other platforms. If they are going to abandon Mobile devices, just get it over with and start pushing for IOS/ANDROID/BB. If they want to have their platform, keep the apps on that platform only.
11. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Predictable Microsoft move, by making money no matter what. I don't like the money, but its a Microsoft move. On the flip side, that is a GORGEOUS app from the looks of it, and I'm on ICS!