|Mar 27, 2014, 12:18 PM||#1|
Microsoft Launching Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad Today
In his first major public event as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella today headlined a media event to introduce Office for iPad, in line with earlier rumors. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad are now live in the App Store as of 11:00 AM Pacific Time.
Word for iPadAll three apps will be free downloads and will include viewing and presenting capabilities free of charge. Users wishing to edit or create documents with the apps will need an Office 365 subscription, which is priced at $9.99/month or $99.99/year for a Home Premium package allowing access from multiple computers and mobile devices.
Excel for iPad (via The Verge)Microsoft acknowledged soon after the introduction of the original iPad back in 2010 that it was looking at the possibility of bringing its Office suite to the tablet, and by early 2012 a reported prototype shown by The Daily. Microsoft's plans remained in flux, however, with the company reportedly reluctant to embrace the iPad as it sought to push forward with its own Windows tablet initiative with Surface.
With Nadella now running Microsoft, the company has finally committed to releasing Office for iPad, although some argue that it is too late given that an entire generation of users have already moved on to embrace other mobile-friendly productivity solutions.
Update 10:50 AM: The event is over and Microsoft has published its press release. The press conference is also available for on-demand replay, while the company has published a blog post covering the release.
Re/code also has a review and video overview of the new suite:
Update 11:00 AM: All three apps are now available for download from the App Store:
- Microsoft Word for iPad [Direct Link]
- Microsoft Excel for iPad [Direct Link]
- Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad [Direct Link]
Article Link: Microsoft Launching Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad Today
|Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM||#5|
Hmm, I will certainly at least try Word as that still seems to be the standard format for pretty much any text document.
However, I think it's too little, too late as iWork is actually really, really good on the iPad.
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|Mar 27, 2014, 12:20 PM||#11|
I've been using an early version of this for a while and noticed what I thought was a bug: whenever I typed, I could hear a very quiet, high-pitched tone. It seemed to stay the same volume regardless of ringer/master volume configurations. I finally recorded the output as line-in audio on my computer and spent some time messing with it. Lowering the pitch and raising the volume turned the tone into a familiar sound. It was reversed audio. After reversing the playback, I could distinctly hear the robotic voice of Microsoft Sam saying over and over, "The Surface is superior. Multiple apps. Clicky sound. USB ports!"
An ugly, ugly Pebble watchface. Ew. Bad.
Last edited by AngerDanger; Mar 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM. Reason: cool story bro
|Mar 27, 2014, 12:20 PM||#13|
Good stuff. As much as I hate to admit it Microsoft really does and always has done Office applications far better than Apple.
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|Mar 27, 2014, 12:20 PM||#14|
|Mar 27, 2014, 12:23 PM||#24|
Just no longer relevant for me. As posted above too little too late. With free iworks I don't need anything else.
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