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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:18 PM   #1
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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.

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All 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.
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Starting Thursday, Office 365 subscribers can simply add an iPad as one of their chosen devices included in their subscription benefits, and can create and edit documents with Word for iPad, PowerPoint for iPad and Excel for iPad. These apps are available as free downloads from the App Store, enabling people to read and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Office for iPad brings full file fidelity across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone, and along with cloud storage from OneDrive or OneDrive for Business your files are up to date, wherever you need them on whatever device you want to use.
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]

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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM   #2
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Oh hey microsoft, finally coming to your senses
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM   #3
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I would have said hooray to this 3 years ago.
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM   #4
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Now let's see if he's smart enough to do this without requiring an Office 365 subscription...
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM   #5
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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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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM   #6
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Letís welcome Microsoft to the post-PC era.
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM   #7
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Satya Nadella, now this is the guy who will change Microsoft.
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM   #8
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Yes!!!! I'm getting a new iPad then
Microsoft Word for Mac 2014 Anyone?
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM   #9
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Yay! I'm sick of not paying a subscription for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:20 PM   #10
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I can't see any iPad users wanting this when they already have access to the best mobile productivity tools in Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
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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!"


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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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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.

Article Link: Microsoft Launching Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad Today
It'll be interesting to see what happens. If microsoft could make excel/word as powerful as the desktop clients and make them easier to use than any other current platform then there might be hope for the programs.
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:20 PM   #15
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I can see al lot of little buttons in the applications (I'm watching the live stream). Let's see how it is going to work out. Especially now that iWork is free.
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:21 PM   #16
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Steve Ballmer would never have allowed this
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:21 PM   #17
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Well, that is truly excellent news.

Word up. I'm liking this positive outlook from Microsoft.
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:21 PM   #18
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I don't see it in the App store yet.

Edit: Oops, 11:00AM PST. I'll wait
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:21 PM   #19
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This will definitely be a boom in the work environment for all the 9-5 hipsters.
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:21 PM   #20
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Good, now release Office 2014 for Mac please.
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You can view / share documents for free, to edit you need an office 365 subscription.


you can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Office 365 at http://www.office.com/try
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:21 PM   #22
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This looks fantastic. It looks like Microsoft really put effort into making a great UX for iOS 7.
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:21 PM   #23
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Can you store files locally or do they need to go to One Drive?
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Old Mar 27, 2014, 12:23 PM   #24
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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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You can view / share documents for free, to edit you need an office 365 subscription.
That hysterical, no interest and I suspect that will be the responce of many
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