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Microsoft's Office suite has been downloaded to 12 million Apple iPad users

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Microsoft's Office suite has been downloaded to 12 million Apple iPad users
A tweet from Microsoft reveals that 12 million Apple iPad users have downloaded the free Microsoft Office suite from the Apple App Store. These iPad owners still need a subscription to Office 365 in order to gain full functionality for the suite, which includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint.

While downloading the Office suite app is free, you are limited to viewing previously made documents, and presenting them. To start a new document, or to perform any editing functions, iPad owners will need to subscribe to Office 365. A one-year subscription is $99.99 which can be paid as an in-app purchase. Students pay $79.99 for the university edition, and later this year Microsoft will make available a $69.99 personal subscription. Microsoft has not revealed the number of such subscriptions it has received from iPad users. Earlier this year, some analysts concluded that Microsoft was losing out on $2.5 billion a year in revenue by not offering the Office suite to users of Apple's iOS flavored slates.

"We’re extremely pleased with the Office for iPad interest we’ve seen from consumers and business alike. We have no additional details to share."-Microsoft


Microsoft says thank you to Apple iPad owners who have downloaded the Microsoft Office suite

Microsoft says thank you to Apple iPad owners who have downloaded the Microsoft Office suite


source: SeattleTimes via Engadget

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posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:19 2

1. buccob (Posts: 1356; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I didn't know that you can download Apps to users... I usually like to download them to my devices though

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:27 1

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1328; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


iBody

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:24 3

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1328; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Very impressive. Nadella made the right choice. Ballmer tried to bring iPad users to use Office (failed pretty badly) and Nadella decided to bring Office to iPad users. RIP Windows RT

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:41

5. Kishin (Posts: 585; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Nadella did not just decided to bring Office to iPad users he also brought choices between iOS and Windows.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 15:18

7. eharris560 (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Wow those coders at MS sure do code fast. Nedella took the reigns about a month ago. In that month he hed them write and pushing out an Office app of IPad. Shame on Steve Ballmer he wasn't pushing them hard enough.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:49 1

10. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why should he bring exclusive apps to Apple?

Do you see iTunes migrate able to WP or W8,,,? No so Balmer was right....

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 18:42 3

12. tech2 (Posts: 1893; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Apple is thinking to release iTunes on Android though:http://blog.gsmarena.com/apple-contemplates-on-demand-music-streaming-service-itunes-for-android/

Days are gone when OEMs tried to retain/contain their exclusivity to their platform. Even Blackberry released their popular BBM service on android/ios and same thing is done by MS.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 22:34

13. sgodsell (Posts: 1055; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Microsoft released office for Android phones and not Android tablets. They could have released it for both, but Microsoft chose not to.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:29 1

4. Ahmadovich (Posts: 43; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


I downloaded it on my iPad 3 -it's stunnig and simple too.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:54 1

6. Jommick (Posts: 186; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


I can officially sell my laptop now that my wife and I have office on our ipads - it was literally the only reason we still had our win8 laptops.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 16:15

8. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Money, money, money, money......MONEY!!!!

Smart move MS, smart move.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:22 1

9. NokiaFTW (limited) (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Feeling happy for iPad owners. They have a real productivity powerhouse in their tablets. :D

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 18:21 1

11. techperson211 (Posts: 517; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


At least they can say it's not an oversized iPod touch anymore.

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