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Rumor: Microsoft is working on Office for iPad after all

updated 01:15 pm EST, Tue November 29, 2011

Microsoft said bowing to pressure for Office iPad

Despite denials to the contrary, Microsoft is planning on a version of the Office suite for the iPad, a rumor maintained Tuesday. While details were short, it was presumed by The Daily in getting the information that the apps would have basic sync with Office 365 and Windows Phone. To stay competitive with the $10 per app iWork for iPad suite, Microsoft was likely to avoid its traditionally high pricing for Mac and Windows versions.

The company was also breaking its practice of alternating Mac and Windows Office releases. A new version of the Mac suite was coming in 2012 that would presumably better integrate into Mac OS X Lion. Because of the launch of Windows 8 next year, though, Microsoft already had Office 15 in development. The software's key change is an adaptation to the tile-based Metro interface.

Microsoft hadn't commented on the claims.

If real, Office for iPad would be an admission from Microsoft that it may risk being cut out from the tablet arena if it doesn't bring some of its key apps to the iPad. Windows 8 potentially merges a truly touch-native interface with a desktop version of Office, but it isn't due to ship until mid-2012 or later and may not get wide adoption on tablets. Similar to its lawsuits and royalties from Android makers, Microsoft could profit even if its own platform doesn't work.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Office on an iPad?

    Wow. Microsoft may actually have an "iPad Killer" on their hands. As in your iPad may be gasping for air if their implementation is typical.

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    About time...

    Been way too long coming. It would be an instant best seller on both the ipad and the iphone.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Can't beat them, join them

    Gasping for MacBook _Air_.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Hoping for the best ...

    ... since it's coming from their Mac group and not their Windows group. MS' Mac group are purportedly as Mac as any Mac people are - it's just MS doesn't often let them be themselves.

    I think it'd be hilarious if the iPad version of Office became the best selling version - or even threatened to.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    MS can't change there spots

    Realising they are well behind the 8 ball they will only release Office for iPad to:
    1. Stay relevant
    2. Plan on slowly crippling Office on iPad and push consumers to buyWindows "bloated" tablets

    This is there end game....to ensure Office demand stays high and to ween people to Windows tablets. Office on the iPad is a poisoned chalice.

  1. Orbifold

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    iPads take flight

    Starbucks is going to become a dangerous place with all the telecommuters hurling iPads in frustration with Word

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    This will only...

    increase iPad's sale, which is a good thing. There are people out there dying to be able to work on MS Office on an iPad but hesitate to buy an iPad because of lack of real Office Suite currently.

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    word

    shm-ord

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Good for the iPad

    And great for Microsoft. Microsoft's main revenue has been its office software. Maybe they are finally realizing that they should be pushing an "Office Everywhere" strategy and not a "Windows Everywhere" strategy.

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