Microsoft Will Introduce Office for iPad

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If you’re both a Microsoft fan and an iPad user, this could be good news. Microsoft apparently plans to introduce Microsoft Office for iPad by developing a version of Office specifically for use with the device.

We should mention some clarifications here. Technically you can already use existing Office Web Apps on the iPad. The apps are available to users without a Windows operating system through Microsoft’s Skydrive cloud service.

The company also has a “mobile” version of Office for iPhone, but it is only available to subscribers of Office 365, Microsoft’s virtual office software.

A New Microsoft Office for iPad

A new Microsoft Office for iPad app would apparently entail touch interface, reports The Verge. Microsoft is apparently working on touch interface for the Windows version of Office first. The company may then expand it to other devices. But there are no specifics on when the new version could be introduced.

It’s not clear whether a new Microsoft Office for iPad app would be available only to Office 365 subscribers as is the case with the Office version for iPhone.

But Microsoft is clearly trying to get people to use its products even on devices that don’t use Windows. For example, the company has announced it will roll out Remote Desktop apps for Apple and Android mobile operating systems soon.

The software giant is also pushing hard to make its operating system available on more mobile devices. The company’s presence in the mobile market remains weak. Microsoft recently approached HTC about beginning to run Windows Phone as an alternative on the company’s Android devices.

Under what circumstances would you use the Microsoft Office for iPad app in your business?

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Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Executive Editor for Small Business Trends and a professional journalist with more than 20 years experience in traditional and digital media for trade publications and news sites. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has served as a beat reporter, columnist, editorial writer, bureau chief and managing editor for the Berks Mont Newspapers.

10 Reactions
  1. Shawn,

    Not a fan of Office, but as a user of Office products for decades I am truly looking forward to it. I hope it’s not only catering 365 subscribers only!

    • Same here. Although it can get confusing at times, it is still my go-to application for all my editing needs. Guess I don’t have a choice haha!

  2. Actually, you can use Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint on the iPhone as well as on the iPad via Chrome and SkyDrive live, both for editing and creating. If that’s not enough, try the CloudOn app where you get the Windows desktop, browser, pictures etc. as well – all FREE.

  3. I really was looking forward to Microsoft Office for iPad but once I got into the Google Drive world, I found myself not needing office as much. The iPad is a truly great machine for work without the productivity staple that Microsoft built. Too little, too late in my opinion.

  4. I desperately want/need an ms word for iPad. If I don’t get it, I will have to buy surface with all its issues associated with interfacing with the apple ecosystem.

  5. Sounds great in combination with storage in the Cloud. Excel is a well known interface for most people. It could be used for many purposes of data entry in a customized way. It is then very simple to load that content into a formlized database in an commercial ERP system for example.

  6. Why wait? Onlive has been giving users Microsoft Office on the iPad for free for years!

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