The real thing

Microsoft officially announces Office for iPad

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Well, the rumors are true – Microsoft has today, at long last, officially announced the real the real deal – Microsoft Office is coming to iPad. Office general manager Julia White officially revealed a fully featured version of Microsoft Office completely native to the iPad.

Office for iPad will require Office 365 in order to be fully functional, and will include Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. While the apps themselves will be free on the App Store, they will only be able to read documents rather than create and edit them – only paying Office 365 customers will get to take full advantage of the Microsoft Office experience on iPad.

Office for iPad will be available on the App Store today at 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST.