Microsoft Office for iPad tipped to finally debut tomorrow in San Francisco

Office for iPad

After recent speculation, tomorrow, March 27, may finally see the long awaited introduction of Microsoft Office for iPad. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, will be in San Francisco delivering an event that will also be broadcast online where it's expected the formal announcement will be made.

According to Mary Jo Foley at All About Microsoft, we can expect the live broadcast to begin at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m EDT/5 p.m. GMT. The specific subject matter of the event is said to be "the intersection of cloud and mobile computing," which Office for iPad would fit nicely into.

The livestream will be available through the Microsoft News Center tomorrow at the times listed above. It feels like we've been talking about this forever, so hopefully tomorrow brings good news. Who's going to be watching with us?

Source: All About Microsoft

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benjitek says:

It's great they're coming out with touch versions of Office for iOS, but a slap in the face to Windows 8 users, especially the early adopters of the Surface and Surface Pro devices as they have yet to launch or announce Windows 8 Modern UI versions of Office :-(

Sam Sabri says:

It's not really a slap. iOS came out in 2007. Windows 8 in 2012. The Office team has had a longer time to work on an iPad version than a Windows 8 one. We're also expecting to see a tease for the Windows 8 version of Office - codename Gemini. Shipping Office with the Surface RT/2 was just a temporary stopgap solution until the touch versions were ready. I'm happy to see iPad owners get Office.

cardfan says:

A slap? Surface owners have the real thing. This iOS version will pale in comparison. I bet you the debate will be on how they can still call it office.

benjitek says:

They have the desktop version, no one designed for touchscreen -- there's a huge difference. An exception would be OneNote, there is a Modern UI (touch based) version of that. Thanks though for stopping by ;-)

cardfan says:

Why would you want a touch version? Sounds kind of dumb considering how half baked it'd be. Besides iOS won't allow for half the features you'd need to want to use it.

benjitek says:

Not exactly sure what you're referring to, it's as if you're speaking from ignorance -- you're certainly not being specific. Not a big deal, enjoy your device/apps of choice -- and as always, thanks for stopping by ;-)

sting7k says:

I couldn't imagine trying to use Excel on a touch screen. The horror...same with Windows 8.

unstoppablekem says:

Windows 8.1 Update 1 comes soon. :)

sting7k says:

They will have to pry the keyboard and mouse from my cold dead hands.

benjitek says:

I know -- my point exactly -- Numbers on an iPad is a great reference design for a spreadsheet app designed for touch use. A ModernUI version would need to be a re-write.

Dev from tipb says:

...for starters, inter-app communication, object embedding, and VBA level macros and automation are three things that will never be present in an iOS office unless Apple reverses some long held policies.

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mulasien says:

I'm wagering that Office for iOS would hook into MS's own ecosystem of apps. Documents would be saved to a Skydrive account, and other MS apps would be able to 'talk' to each other. Likely similar to how Google's apps can talk to each other despite being sandboxed on iOS. I could see it working out decently.

mulasien says:

You do realize that using the phrase "thanks for stopping by", makes you look *really* trollish and immature, and detracts from whatever valid points you're making, right? Is it supposed to be a 'burn' or something like that?

benjitek says:

...? However you >choose< to interpret things is totally up to you. Thanks though for stopping by ;-) LOL

Sam Sabri says:

I can't just live in SF. Build is next week!

unstoppablekem says:

Windows Phone 8.1 will ROCK!!

Gsarfin says:

If I have some free time I may tune in. Curious to see what's announced, wheat her it's office for iPad or anything else. Not sure id be interested in buying office for iPad, and that's where most of my curiosity lies, in the price structure if it is announced.

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IIJBII says:

I'm happy to see office potentially coming to iOS. Hopefully there will be a standalone purchase option and it doesn't require office 360.

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Sam Sabri says:

It'll most likely require Office 365. Which is why Microsoft announced Office 365 Personal last month. A new subscription tier that gives individuals a cheaper option to get into Office.

mulasien says:

Yeah....even a 'cheaper' subscription plan would be a non-starter for me. I know that it's likely going to be subscription based, but I don't like it. I don't use MS Office outside of work enough to justify a recurring subscription cost. If I was still a student, then I could possibly justify it.

FinancialP says:

Subscription? No thanks. Better and cost effective alternatives already exist.

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Gsarfin says:

Ditto

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iSRS says:

So, isn't 1 PM Eastern the time big apps usually launch on the store? I sure hope that the apps don't go live before they are announced!

:)

David Scherrep says:

Do we really need it? I got it on my Mac.

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