Report: Microsoft Office coming to Apple iPad on March 27th

Report: Microsoft Office coming to Apple iPad on March 27th
A report published on Monday reveals that Apple iPad owners might soon be using Microsoft Office on their iOS flavored slates. According to the report, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will introduce a version of the Redmond based firm's most profitable product, for the iPad. That, of course, is the Microsoft Office software suit. The event is expected to take place on March 27th as Nadella will speak to the media and industry executives.

As the new Nadella regime firmly takes over at Microsoft, releasing the Office software suite for the iPad reverses Microsoft's previous decision not to allow iPad users to have access to the software. Analysts figured out that the software giant was losing $2.5 billion a year in revenue by not allowing Apple iPad users to purchase Office. Apple has sold 200 million units of its iOS powered tablets.

Microsoft had hoped that by keeping Office away from Apple's popular tablet, it could increase demand for its own Microsoft Surface tablet. While Microsoft has beefed up the specs of the sequel, and has seen some increase in demand, there seems to be no way that the Surface could ever catch up to the iPad in terms of sales. With that in mind, Microsoft has seemingly decided that it would rather have the $2.5 billion in revenue that it has been missing, instead of trying to challenge Apple's tablet.

Microsoft has told the media that Nadella will speak on March 27th to address "news related to the intersection of cloud and mobile." Those with knowledge of Microsoft's thinking said that the company has had versions of Office for the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad ready to be released for months, but inside Microsoft, executives were split about whether or not to release it.

During the event on March 27th, we should get an idea about when Office will be made available for iPad users, and how much Microsoft will charge.

source: Reuters

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6 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Better Late then Never

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This would be great for Apple I bought a Windows 8.1 hybrid just to get full desktop version of OneNote for uni.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Win-win for both Apple and M$. iPad users get the king of office programs and M$ makes a lot of money with this.

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

These 2 paragraphs says it all: "As the new Nadella regime firmly takes over at Microsoft, releasing the Office software suite for the iPad reverses Microsoft's previous decision not to allow iPad users to have access to the software. Analysts figured out that the software giant was losing $2.5 billion a year in revenue by not allowing Apple iPad users to purchase Office. Apple has sold 200 million units of its iOS powered tablets. Microsoft had hoped that by keeping Office away from Apple's popular tablet, it could increase demand for its own Microsoft Surface tablet. While Microsoft has beefed up the specs of the sequel, and has seen some increase in demand, there seems to be no way that the Surface could ever catch up to the iPad in terms of sales. With that in mind, Microsoft has seemingly decided that it would rather have the $2.5 billion in revenue that it has been missing, instead of trying to challenge Apple's tablet." Which would you want....exclusive software to try to gain marketshare....or make more money by letting competition have access to that software...... MS tried. Good move to try to have an advantage over the competition. In the end tho money talks. ...And I believe if things dont pick up for WP overall.....they might wanna look at just living off the license fees to Android OEMs. At some point I know they have to analyze the cost of competing vs the license fees.

5. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Ballmer wouldn't have done anything like this, good going Nadella **resumes using iWork**

6. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I just wish all mobile software versions of Office Suites would finally be developed for use with Macros in spreadsheets. I use an iPad AIr daily and would like this options, I tried Surface Pro on when it dropped to $599 but shore battery life killed it for me.

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