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

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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. 

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

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posted on 21 Feb 2012, 07:30 3

1. tuminatr (Posts: 862; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 11:46

8. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 08:12 2

2. Karan_Malhotra (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

Bad idea...office on windows exclusivety will be lost

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 08:28 2

3. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

which is a good thing for everyone

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 09:17

4. fprefect (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 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.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 09:36 2

5. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 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.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 10:51

6. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 11:32 1

7. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

great idea for microsoft and apple.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 12:46

9. SuperEd (Posts: 132; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

This is great! Love both systems!

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 13:07

10. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 16:56

11. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 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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