Apple iPad to get Microsoft Office in the first half of this year?

Apple iPad to get Microsoft Office in the first half of this year?
Earlier this month, we told you that according to one unnamed analyst, Microsoft was losing the opportunity to ring up $2.5 billion in revenue by not offering a version of Microsoft Office for the Apple iPad. Instead, Microsoft has held back, hoping that this would lead to more sales for its own Microsoft Surface slab. But after some consideration, the crew in Redmond might be changing their mind. A published report on Saturday cites inside sources as saying that a version of Office for the iPad, codenamed Miramar, will be launched ahead of a touch-centric version of Office that has the code name of Gemini.

The sources added that a scheduled fall release of Office has been pushed up as those at the very top of Microsoft have ordered it to be released as soon as possible. As far as how Microsoft will be paid, the general theory is that the pricing will be similar to what Microsoft did with the iPhone and Android version of Office. With both of those devices, the app was free, but required a subscription to Office 365 in order for the user to do basic functions with the program, such as edit and save the changes.

Considering the probable pent-up demand for an iPad version of Office, Microsoft will probably make much more money offering the title on the iPad and charging for the Office 365 subscription, than if it continued to withhold the title from the iPad. It is believed that the iPad version of Office will be launched sometime in the first half of this year.

source: ZDNet via Pocketlint

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17 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

While Pages, Numbers and Keynote are okay, nothing beats Office.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, Office is the boss. Microsoft, whatever you do, don't ruin the Office.

15. werthedroids

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Yeah, nothing beats Office at sucking CRAP and CRASHING and being ABSOLUTE BULL! The onlly thing it's good for is making you RAGE and want to HURL your Computer at Bill Gates' UGLY, STUPID and COMICALLY OBEISE FACE!

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

$2.5 Billion a year makes sense but these analysts are annoying

5. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

ms earn 2.5b...apple earn 6b...big mistake ms that is ur bishop

8. HansGoneInsane unregistered

It is a smart move by MS to grab a piece of iOS App revenue. If you cannot beat your competitor, why not making money out of him?

6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

I think this will be a great addition, we can't deny the iPad is used by a lot of companies nowadays.

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Currently MS doesn't have a bad product, or service, on the market.. This is good news.

9. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Windows 8 is not performing well. There are rumors about Windows 9 coming out in October 2014.

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

W8, and 8.1, already own 11% of the PC market... Now considering the presence of W7, and XP, for W8-8.1 to already achieve that percentage, in one year, mean's that MS is very pleased with how it's doing.....

16. werthedroids

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Yeah, none of their stuff it's bad. No, all of their stuff is HORRENDOUSLY HIDEOUS AND AWFUL CRAP THAT"S SO OVERPRICED AND RETARDED IT MAKES ME WANT TO THROW UP IN THE FAN IN THEIR MAIN OFFICE SO IT SPRAYS ALL OVER THEIR FAT, DESPICABLE FACES

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Wrong.. Try again.

10. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I really hope the Office 365 subscription isn't necessary and I can just do a one-time payment for it.

12. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I have an iPad 4 and I don't use any Microsoft Office like apps but I do use the free Office 2013 on my Dell Venue Pro. I like having full Windows in a tablet form. I also couldn't care less about the Surface products as there are great Windows tablets that can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of a Surface tablet or an iPad.

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

A smart move from MS since iPads are very popular. They can increase their revenue.

14. werthedroids

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Microsoft+Apple=ASTRONOMICALLY HUGE MEGA-FAIL! THE 2 FILTHIEST technology companies the Earth has ever been cursed with combined is the physical embodyment of nightmares.

20. slyguy

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Why wait? Onlive has been giving users Microsoft Office on the iPad for free for years!

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