Microsoft's Office suite has been downloaded to 12 million Apple iPad users

Microsoft's Office suite has been downloaded to 12 million Apple iPad users
A tweet from Microsoft reveals that 12 million Apple iPad users have downloaded the free Microsoft Office suite from the Apple App Store. These iPad owners still need a subscription to Office 365 in order to gain full functionality for the suite, which includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint.

While downloading the Office suite app is free, you are limited to viewing previously made documents, and presenting them. To start a new document, or to perform any editing functions, iPad owners will need to subscribe to Office 365. A one-year subscription is $99.99 which can be paid as an in-app purchase. Students pay $79.99 for the university edition, and later this year Microsoft will make available a $69.99 personal subscription. Microsoft has not revealed the number of such subscriptions it has received from iPad users. Earlier this year, some analysts concluded that Microsoft was losing out on $2.5 billion a year in revenue by not offering the Office suite to users of Apple's iOS flavored slates.

source: SeattleTimes via Engadget



11. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

At least they can say it's not an oversized iPod touch anymore.

9. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Feeling happy for iPad owners. They have a real productivity powerhouse in their tablets. :D

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Money, money, money, money......MONEY!!!! Smart move MS, smart move.

6. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I can officially sell my laptop now that my wife and I have office on our ipads - it was literally the only reason we still had our win8 laptops.

4. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

I downloaded it on my iPad 3 -it's stunnig and simple too.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Very impressive. Nadella made the right choice. Ballmer tried to bring iPad users to use Office (failed pretty badly) and Nadella decided to bring Office to iPad users. RIP Windows RT

5. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Nadella did not just decided to bring Office to iPad users he also brought choices between iOS and Windows.

7. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Wow those coders at MS sure do code fast. Nedella took the reigns about a month ago. In that month he hed them write and pushing out an Office app of IPad. Shame on Steve Ballmer he wasn't pushing them hard enough.

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why should he bring exclusive apps to Apple? Do you see iTunes migrate able to WP or W8,,,? No so Balmer was right....

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Apple is thinking to release iTunes on Android though: Days are gone when OEMs tried to retain/contain their exclusivity to their platform. Even Blackberry released their popular BBM service on android/ios and same thing is done by MS.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7682; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft released office for Android phones and not Android tablets. They could have released it for both, but Microsoft chose not to.

1. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I didn't know that you can download Apps to users... I usually like to download them to my devices though

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013


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