Microsoft's Office suite has been downloaded to 12 million Apple iPad users
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.
source: SeattleTimes via Engadget
1. buccob (Posts: 1488; 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
2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1444; 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
5. Kishin (Posts: 618; Member since: 30 May 2013)
Nadella did not just decided to bring Office to iPad users he also brought choices between iOS and Windows.
7. eharris560 (Posts: 65; 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.
10. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; 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....
12. tech2 (Posts: 2209; 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.
13. sgodsell (Posts: 1300; 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.
4. Ahmadovich (Posts: 43; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)
I downloaded it on my iPad 3 -it's stunnig and simple too.
6. Jommick (Posts: 208; 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.
8. jroc74 (Posts: 4974; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Money, money, money, money......MONEY!!!!
Smart move MS, smart move.
9. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2046; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Feeling happy for iPad owners. They have a real productivity powerhouse in their tablets. :D
11. techperson211 (Posts: 678; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
At least they can say it's not an oversized iPod touch anymore.