Microsoft Office for the Apple iPad is official

Microsoft Office for the Apple iPad is official
As expected, Office for iPad is now official and includes Word, PowerPoint and Excel. This is not just a larger sized version of the Apple iPhone version of Office as it allows the user to take advantage of the larger-sized screen on the tablet. The app is free to download from the App Store, and without paying a dime, you can view documents and give presentations.

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.

source: CNBC, TheVerge via Engadget



1. Raifid

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 18, 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: 39; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

8. blingblingthing

Posts: 977; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

LOW budget Android Tablets?

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

the question is what would Microsoft laugh at in it's ads?

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010 Are they gonna take jabs at the iPad?

3. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

A yearly subscription is a ripoff.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2626; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well, otherwise it's $10 a month, so a yearly subscription saves you $20.

5. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

man i've been waiting forever for this.

7. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nope. Not paying subscription.

9. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Kingsoft Office Quickoffice Polaris Drive what else am I missing? I know those can't compare 100% to Full Office Premium... but when it comes to free.......

13. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Hancom office???

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

When is saw this on the App Store, I instantly got it. It's excellent and something that iPads lacked for productivity. Great!

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.