Microsoft Office for iPad to Launch on March 27

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    Microsoft will launch its Office suite on the iPad at a media event on March 27 according to a report from The Verge. The suite -- including Word, Excel and PowerPoint -- has been in the works for years, with recent reports saying the lack of Office on the iPad was costing Microsoft as much as $2.5 billion per year.

    The company released a version of Office on the iPhone last year, part of its Office 365 subscription service, and The Verge says the iPad version will also require a 365 subscription.

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    The site says new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will expand on his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy, something demonstrated by the free launch of the Mac version of OneNote earlier today.

    Microsoft is also said to have an update for Office for Mac coming in the Spring of 2014.

    Update 4:44PM PDT: Twitter user @rgonzalezagui posted what he says is a screenshot of Office for iPad leaked by a Microsoft employee:

    Article Link: Microsoft Office for iPad to Launch on March 27
     
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  3. drewyboy macrumors 6502a

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    A little too late? But really, what took so long?
     
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  5. Ayr macrumors 6502

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    A year ago I would have bought it. Now I don't give a toss.
     
  6. dumastudetto macrumors 68000

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    Yep. Nobody wants this now. Apple nailed it with their iWorks strategy.
     
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    There's been a boatload of Microsoft on an Apple fan site lately...
     
  8. arkmannj macrumors 65816

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    Software subscription (Office 365) no thanks... I would rather pay per app.
     
  9. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    They might not have wants to dumb down Office for a touch environment...

    Also, porting isn't as simple as pushing a single button.
     
  10. BornAgainApple macrumors 6502a

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    Steve would never have allowed this, but which one?
     
  11. laomao macrumors member

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    Wrong information on Office for Mac? No report has said MS will release office of mac Spring of 2014. Anyone to confirm?
     
  12. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    BWAHAHAHAHA.

    Afraid you don't get it, then. Microsoft doesn't want to basically give money to Apple through Office sales.
     
  13. Mike MA macrumors 65816

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    This is why they reacted?
     
  14. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    Not Ballmer, obviously, since he was talking it up a lot the year before he left. :p
     
  15. Frizers macrumors member

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    would happily pay £50 for the suite. But a subscription for a word processor, yeh right.
     
  16. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Not an excuse, it's been four years.
     
  17. BasicGreatGuy macrumors 68040

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    A lot of pressure on Microsoft with Office. Will it live up to expectation? It looks like we will soon find out.
     
  18. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    They needed this when the original iPad was introduced, instead they bashed the iPad.
     
  19. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    And? Seriously, Office is a rather big, rather complicated, piece of software.
     
  20. sflomenb macrumors 6502a

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    And we care why? Especially when there is iWork for iOS, which is free.
     
  21. Elbon macrumors 6502a

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    No need

    I have no need for Office on the iPad. For that matter, I have no need for an iPad. I tried for the last 6 months to use an iPad Air as a replacement for my laptop (a MacBook Pro), and it just fails miserably. It's a great device for browsing content, but not for creating it.

    Either way, the iPad's screen spontaneously cracked over the weekend - so I'm done with it. Going back to the laptop.
     
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    Definitely the case with our company. A few years ago, we were basically begging Microsoft to bring Office to the iPad. Now iWork and other solutions are firmly entrenched and at this point it's... meh. iWork is free and cross platform now. And it's much better than Google Docs which Microsoft was originally worried about. Making it free and cross platform pretty much shuts Microsoft's window of opportunity very narrow now. They missed out big time in my opinion.

    If only they had realized that sacrificing Office at the alter of Windows meant they would lose both.
     
  23. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    If iWork is enough for you, this isn't meant for you.
     
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    not 4 years worth of big and complicated
     

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