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Microsoft rumored to be working on Office for iPad

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Microsoft rumored to be working on Office for iPad
The folks over at The Daily claim to have obtained information that Microsoft is planning on releasing a version of Office for the iPad. With Office being Microsoft’s second biggest seller, second only to Windows, and the iPad accounting for over 80 percent of the tablet market, it appears that an Office for iPad app would be a powerhouse release for Microsoft.

Since Apple has already established a $10 price point for its productivity iPad apps, such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, The Daily is speculating that Microsoft will release around the same $10 mark in order to be competitive.

Microsoft is also working on the next edition of Office that will be fully compatible with OS X Lion as well as the latest release of Windows for PC. Both of these pieces of software are expected to hit shelves sometime in mid to late 2012. An Office for iPad release could occur ahead of those releases, but until there is an official announcement, it is probably safest to look toward the second half of 2012 for this release.

source: The Daily via Neowin

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posted on 29 Nov 2011, 22:03

1. nanozander (Posts: 97; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

You've gotta be kidding me. Microsoft on an apple product? Even though i seem to recall that OSx has their own version of Microsoft Office.. Still kinda hard to believe.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 06:57

7. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

why wouldnt they open themselves up to a few million more customers? its just good business.

Besides, for the longest time, apple devices had to run with "windows compatibility mode" in order to have decent programs. :)

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 22:04 1

2. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)

Awesome news!! Pages is ok...I think it works well but nobody else really uses it. I think the iPad will be much more efficient now with MS word. Honestly I don\'t know why this didnt happen earlier.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 22:26

3. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

NO!!! Thats lets APPLE take over the business market !!!! No!!!!!

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 23:31

4. Penny (Posts: 1671; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Strictly within the Office division of Microsoft, this is huge. But in the OS division of Microsoft...I dunno. It seems like handing over your secret weapon to the enemy.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 23:33

5. tuminatr (Posts: 859; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

they should do this for android too, smart to catch all the revenue they can

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 01:17

6. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

FINALLY!!! I planned on buying the iPad 3 but wondered how useful it would be with just iWork, now I don't have to settle.

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