Report: Microsoft Office for Apple iPad gets unveiled tomorrow along with a new mobile enterprise suite

Report: Microsoft Office for Apple iPad gets unveiled tomorrow along with a new mobile enterprise suite
Last week, we passed along a report stating that on March 27th, Microsoft would finally release a version of Microsoft Office for the Apple iPad. Sure enough, a report published on Wednesday confirms that tomorrow, Microsoft will live stream the event starting at 10am PDT/1pm EDT. The announcement will be made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Earlier this year, an analyst at Gartner said that by not licensing Office for Apple's tablet, Microsoft was losing $2.5 billion a year in licensing fees.

Besides making Office available for the iPad, there is speculation that Microsoft is going to release a bundle known as Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). An anonymous tipster says that the bundle will be offered to large enterprises to manage a fleet of Apple iPhones, Apple iPads, Android devices, Windows Phone and Windows RT models, and more. With the bundle, companies can use Microsoft technologies for "BYOD scenarios."

The bundle is said to include Windows Intune, a cloud based system for managing devices. Intune will be upgraded to handle thousands of devices. It will also support the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release, and Samsung KNOX. The latter is Samsung's secure application container that allows users to browse, see contacts, read and send email and texts, without having to worry about malware and other issues.

source: ZDNet, iMore via  WPCentral



1. willard12 unregistered

I see the $2.5 billion in licensing fees. What is the cost in the inevitable decline of Surface sales?

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yeah, kind of odd, but it tells you that Microsoft is kind of giving up. Luckily, I have alternative apps that work well...

3. tedkord

Posts: 17418; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Decline? They hardly sell any. Besides, those who need Office for productivity reasons are still going to order full Win 8 tablets (though maybe not surface). It's still the only truly productive OS on a tablet.

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