Will MS Office for iPad be the big reveal along with iPad 3?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Blorzoga, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    Microsoft is being very cagey. They say the truth will be revealed in the coming weeks.
  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
  3. motoleo, Feb 21, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012

    motoleo macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2012
    Wouldn't it be smarter to put it on the Windows 8 tablets they're working so hard on?
  4. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2012
    How could any of us possibly know the answer to that?
  5. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Why is everyone making such a huge deal about this? What features does Office have that Apple's suite (or any other current productivity app) doesn't?
  6. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    not sure i can see Apple and Microsoft teaming up for something like this.
  7. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    Why not? Apple has invited Microsoft to many keynotes and events in the past.
  8. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    ^ oh, did not know that. but was also thinking that this couldn't help Microsoft in any way especially if they are pushing their own Windows phones. Helping Apple get more people into their iOS ecosystem, would put a damper on Microsoft's other interests, be it smartphones now, and possibly tablets some time in the near future.
  9. erawsd macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2011
    Well there are quite a lot of features for the power/business folk. iWork hasn't had a proper update in over 3 years.

    Beyond that, the hope is that it'll have better compatibility. the iOS version of iWork has awful compatibility with its Desktop big brothers, and it only gets worst when you try exporting to a MS format (which is still dominant in the business/academic world).
  10. erawsd macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2011
    MS has been putting Office on Mac even when they had just begun to push Windows all those decades ago. They'd be crazy to ignore a 130 million iPad users. It may even help them somewhat, since it looks like this will have a Metro style interface, its an opportunity to introduce folks to it.
  11. DrNoellyG macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2011
    It would probably sell very well, I know a couple people that would definitely buy it the second it came out. Personally I want to see it and see what it can and can't do and then decide. If it meets my basic needs, I'll get it.
  12. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Well, if Apple wants to beat Google, maybe they can work with Microsoft on some projects to do so? I mean, Apple knows Microsoft is failing on producing decent tablet like the iPad 2, so, by working together, Apple can gain more customers who dislike iPad's incompatibility with MS Office files (although Pages, Numbers, and Keynote is able to read the files, some people just like the way MS Office works) and Microsoft can get money from making MS Office for the iPad (paid, of course.)

    This could 'possibly' end Google docs. The only reason I used Google docs was to be able to share and edit files on multiple platform without having to export the files. If this MS Office app uses SkyDrive, then yea, I won't be using Google Docs anymore.
  13. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I don't think Microsoft needs to officially meet and work with Apple in order to put out a good iPad version of Office. I also don't think Apple has to bring out Microsoft at the iPad event. The "it'll be cleared up in a couple weeks" quote from Microsoft is suspicious but it'd be just as beneficial for them to launch Office when the new iPad launches because there's always a surge of App purchases.
  14. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    Yup, it even came out first for the Mac I believe.
  15. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
  16. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    They will have had to work together if Office works to the new higher resolution, and will be ready for launch.

    I think this has a good possibility of happening.

    This being on the iPad is a HUGE deal, and I expect both companies will want an event to show it off.

    It works great for both companies.

    Microsoft is a software company (in the PC market), so why wouldn't they want Office for tablet on the biggest tablet market?


    Apple sells the iPad, why wouldn't they want the most widely used Office suite on their product?

    The above is not in question.

    The only thing we should be discussing is, will it be any good?
  17. DrNoellyG macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I hope it is good and not something just put together, which I don't think would be the case, but most importantly, I hope it has a lot of functionality and is not just a watered down version of the desktop suite that lacks usability.
  18. d0vr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2011
    Remember how Steve wanted to crush Android? If Apple holds the same view, then while of course they'd love to have 100% market share, I'd be willing to bet they'd rather lose customers to Microsoft than Google.

    As has been mentioned, M$ Office for iOS would be great for sales and marketing. Win-win for both companies.

    Whether this is a "next big thing" or not, I don't think so. But who knows for sure, except Apple and M$?
  19. Blorzoga thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    Confirmed by whom?
  20. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    agree, but just don't see them coming out on stage with Apple to launch this with the iPad3, as per OP's topic.
  21. mattraehl macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2005
    It would make a lot of sense. MS can't afford to keep it's #1 profit-generating software off such a popular computing device for much longer.

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