Microsoft Office for the iPad leaks, hinting at the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint tablet interface

Microsoft Office for the iPad leaks, hinting at the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint tablet interface
If you want to have a glimpse at how the upcoming Office 15 will look like on Windows 8 tablets, look no further than the upcoming Microsoft Office for iPad official app.

Rumored to be in the works way back since November, the Office iPad app has allegedly been submitted for approval now, and expected to arrive in the coming weeks, perhaps synced precisely with the iPad 3 unveiling.

The new UI is reminiscent of the OneNote iPad app, which reeks of the Metro-style UI from Windows Phone and Win 8 - no Ribbon interface any more. The large, finger-friendly buttons are supposedly what we will be seeing for Office 15 on Windows 8 tablets as well, be they ARM or Intel-based, when they hit later this year. 

How much will the Microsoft Office for iPad cost, and whether it will have all functionalities for creating and editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files as its Windows 8 counterpart, remains to be seen. 

Android users, however, are allegedly not in the cards for Microsoft, as Google already has its Docs suite competitor to Office, not to mention that the iPad still holds the vast majority of the tablet market.

source: TheDaily via SlashGear



1. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

now microsoft is getting smart, release this for the iphone, android and blackberry would be a good idea too

8. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Yep... More money for microsoft. Great ide for advertising.

2. Karan_Malhotra

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Bad on windows exclusivety will be lost

3. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

which is a good thing for everyone

4. fprefect

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Office has been on Macs since 1994 so it's not Windows-exclusive. And it's a great idea to introduce the software on a competing platform to work out the bugs before you introduce a version for your your own.

5. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

How many iPads are out there? It would be hard for Microsoft to "convert" those existing iPad to a pure Microsoft platform. MS may as well try to get some money from the existing iPad folks. For a "pure" MS platform ... perhaps they can add addition features that an iOS platform may be limited/restrictive on to attract those on the fence of iOS/MS. If you can't beat them ... join them ... especially if you can make a buck or two at it.

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Don't forget Microsoft is a software company first and foremost, it's their business selling softwares, so this makes sense.

7. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

great idea for microsoft and apple.

9. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This is great! Love both systems!

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Seems like a bad move for Microsoft. Releasing apps like Office will get rid of one of their biggest selling points of Windows 8 tablets when they come out. It seems like Microsoft is just giving up on Mobile with all the apps they've recently released for ios devices (but for some reason they are bypassing Android) and is going to just release their software for other platforms. If they are going to abandon Mobile devices, just get it over with and start pushing for IOS/ANDROID/BB. If they want to have their platform, keep the apps on that platform only.

11. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Predictable Microsoft move, by making money no matter what. I don't like the money, but its a Microsoft move. On the flip side, that is a GORGEOUS app from the looks of it, and I'm on ICS!

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