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.