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The real thing
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.
Rejoice, for it has almost arrived
Microsoft has been working on a version of their immensely popular Office suite for Apple’s iPad tablet platform for what feels like forever now, however it looks like the wait is almost over. According to sources from within The Verge as well as ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be launching Office for iPad on March 27th at his first press event as Microsoft CEO in order to introduce his “‘mobile first, cloud first’ strategy” vision for Microsoft.
Microsoft Office for iPad should really come as no surprise at this point. Microsoft has been developing the software for quite some time now, and the company did launch a stripped down version of Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch that’s roughly on par with the company’s Windows Phone suite a couple of months ago.
Like Office Mobile for iPhone, Office for iPad is expected to require an Office 365 subscription. That said, the suite is expected to include feature robust versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Interestingly, this will mark the first time that the company has produced a version of Office native to a touchscreen; the company’s Office for Windows Store (“Metro”) applications have been delayed until late 2014 or early 2015, meaning that Office’s introduction to the world of touchscreens will arrive not for a Microsoft platform, but rather a competitor.
Microsoft has maintained an iPad version of their OneNote application for quite some time now, an application that has traditionally been part of the Office suite on Windows. Microsoft is also planning on launching a revamped version of their Microsoft Office suite for Mac sometime this year, as a company insider revealed at a conference just last week.