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Microsoft Office for the Apple iPad is official

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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

"It's a beautiful set of applications. That's our real commitment to Office 365, everywhere."-Satya Nadella,CEO, Microsoft

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

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posted on 27 Mar 2014, 14:41 2

1. Raifid (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Nice, I sometimes forget they are a software company. And they are going to want their software in every electronic device possible.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 14:52

4. Gsizzle (Posts: 39; Member since: 19 Aug 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.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 16:10 1

8. blingblingthing (Posts: 578; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

LOW budget Android Tablets?

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 14:44 4

2. hmd74 (Posts: 489; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:36

11. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Exactly...lol. Are they gonna take jabs at the iPad?

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 14:49 5

3. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

A yearly subscription is a ripoff.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 15:03

6. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 15:02 1

5. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

man i've been waiting forever for this.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 15:06 3

7. bucky (Posts: 3135; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Nope. Not paying subscription.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 16:11 1

9. buccob (Posts: 2736; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Kingsoft Office

what else am I missing?

I know those can't compare 100% to Full Office Premium... but when it comes to free.......

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:47

13. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

Hancom office???

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 16:16 2

10. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 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.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:45

12. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

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

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