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Microsoft denies plans to bring Office apps to the iPad

updated 05:30 pm EDT, Fri April 2, 2010

Company sees no threat from Google

Microsoft is not planning on bringing its Office productivity software onto the iPad platform in the near future. Business division president Stephen Elop claims the company is taking a "wait and see" stance before committing to projects aimed at the emerging platform, according to an interview with Bloomberg.

The executive also suggested Google has not gained ground against Microsoft in the business software market. Office 2010 for Windows is scheduled to launch May 12, while Office for Mac 2011 is slated for a fourth-quarter release.

"We haven't heard anything about Google making inroads against Office, because they're not," Elop said. The executive did not completely reject the possibility of a future version of Office for iPad, however. "We never say never, but we have no current plans," he added.

Google is already preparing to take advantage of the additional features offered by the iPad. The search giant on Friday announced a customized Gmail interface geared for tablet-size devices, while a native app is also on the way. Third-party companies have also developed iPad apps based on Google's services, including Sounds Broken's gogoDocs utility for creating and editing Google Docs.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dwoodruff

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I really wanted a bloated, clunky, unresponsive version of Word on my ipad

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Please don't do it

    Please do not even think that. IT will freak out trying to figure out how to "god power" on their users if they start brining iPads to work with MS Office installed. It's the last thing IT would want, having users not needing them or not being handcuffed to their enslaving rules for users.

  1. zunipus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Keep the c*** off my iPad!

    Microsoft's 'wait and see' attitude is scary. Here we have an opportunity to keep dumbass Microsoft out of people's lives. Let's not blow it. Keep that c*** off my iPad!

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't worry

    Don't worry, Dilbert explains the Microsoft schedule:

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ooooh Lemme Guess!

    "Emerging platform" is what Ballmer has termed the iPad for the MS masses, both internally and externally.

    But the Ballmer Wait-And-See is working out real well for MS. Just look at the MS answers to the iPod, iPhone, retail stores ... they're dominating the mediocre-at-very-best response market!

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    they can't do it

    they would have to either intentionally botch the job, just so nobody would buy it [but this would be obvious, because it would have to be even worse than the partial version of Office for Mac they put out], or it would be a reasonably complete, follow the UI standards of the iPad, and so totally kick the 'touch' version of Office for Windows Tablet, that the Windows Office AND the windows table guys would have a total conniption and demand they stop selling it.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Guess they realized...

    Guess they realized that having a word processor called WORD is very important for a platform to succeed. Problem is by not supporting the iPad they'll eventually help people find that there can be interfaces for typing that don't bare the Microsoft brand. Fact is creating a basic word processor is easy as h***. It'd be great for Apple to add in a printing API to print from a shared printer on the network... though I'm sure that'll eventually come.

    Fact is Microsoft knows that they won't have anything that competes well against the iPad for a while so they're pretending the product category doesn't exist.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Porting Office applications, including Word, the the iPad makes no sense. Bringing their notetaking application, OneNote makes a lot of sense. It fits with near perfection with what people will be using iPads for.

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