Microsoft’s Office for iPad caught in the wild, could be heading to the App Store very soon

Back in November, The Daily claimed that Microsoft was working on a version of its hugely popular “Office” application for the iPad.  It has now followed up its original story with a picture of Office running on the iPad and the notion that it is now complete and very close to being submitted to Apple for approval. The Daily even managed to grab some hands-on time with a working prototype of the Office application.

A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online. But it’s unclear if Microsoft will support other Office apps at launch or at all.

We still don’t know if this will make it to Apple for approval or if it will even gain approval; although there is no reason why it won’t. The question still remains, would Microsoft really launch Office for iPad before giving Windows 8 Metro slates a chance to compete using Office exclusivity as a draw? It is really beginning to look very much like it would!

Source: The Daily

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Microsoft’s Office for iPad caught in the wild, could be heading to the App Store very soon

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Office isn't going to bring anyone to Metro Slates. There are far too many other iOS app options to satisfy users' needs for Office document editing that they would rather use those options than to change tablet platforms.
Here's to hoping MS is smart enough to make this a universal binary so that iPhone users can benefit from it as well. It's not all iPads out there you know...

All, yes all, the the other MS Office iOS/android apps wont do half of the important excel functions. Screw a windows slate, unless that's what I have to use to get all the excel features.

Bet they do like OneNote. It will not be a self standing app, you will have to buy MS Office at full price, and sync to the pc to create anything. You cannot even make basic folders in OneNote without buying the pc version. If they want to compete, make it a stand alone app, and charge a fair price.

The big questions for me are:

  1. Features - is this close to the full Office capability? Can I track changes, lock, etc?
  2. Compatibily - will charts and art and formatting work perfectly with Office for Mac/PC?
  3. Cost? $99? $49? $199

If this is the real deal they will sell a lot. If this is another neutered version of office for mobile users forget it. We are better off with the hosted solutions.

$9.99 for MS Office for iPad? Really? It appears you'd be interested in buying some ocean front property in Wyoming too. (Haha)

where the suck is the iphone at ???????? i don't wanna see some ichnese bitch's shakeing ..i think that you need to take your i pod and stuff it up that ichnese bitch dancing ..you heard .. stright up

I have been waiting for this to make it to iOS. I think it would be a mistake for them to ignore an istalled user base of hundreds of millions of potential customers just because they are on a competing operating system. However, holding this as an exclusive to WP8 tablets for a short period to increase draw sounds like something Microsoft would do.
I for one really need this app. Of all of the iPad apps that I have tried, none work with all of the MS Office programs that I need to in a way that would allow me to travel without a computer. If I could just travel with my iPad I would be much happier!

I have, the only probelm is that when I'm on the road an someone emails me a document to review and edit, how do I get that document over to onlive without access to a computer?

I could see them bundling the app at $39.99 - $10.02 higher than the separate iWork apps. Maybe and introductory price of $9.99. This would be killer, especially if they integrate the SkyDrive (can't see them supporting iCloud, though you never know) well.
Microsoft is learning, I have to say. They are a software company. Yes, they have an OS, but there is no reason to shun any other platform.

would love if it was able to be used on iphone aswell, for those times you dont have your ipad with you.

Positioning a so-far-vaporware Metro tablet against the iPad is a secondary concern. They need Office out there before more people start to ignore it. This was covered in most blogs already, but this post on "Microsoft's biggest miss is pretty insightful.

You see, she said, missing all of the opportunities was just the start of a much deeper problem. Microsoft for many years had convinced the world that, in order to get “real work” done, you needed Office.
(snipped for brevity)
Then, she explained, the iPhone came. There was no Office. People got things done. Then the iPad came. There was no Office. People got things done. Android came. People got things done. All of those things that they, just a couple of years ago, were convinced they needed Office to do. They got them done without it. And thus, the truth was revealed.
Microsoft’s biggest miss is not the lack of a smartphone, or tablet, or Office apps for iOS and Android.
Like the curtain finally falling from the Wizard of Oz to find just a small, frail, man pretending to be far more powerful and relevant than he really was. Microsoft’s biggest miss was allowing the world to finally see the truth behind the big lie — they were not needed to get real work done. Or anything done, really.

The weakening of that perception is far more dangerous to Microsoft long-term than losing tablet market share. At this point, the only way they can counteract it is not just to get Office on those other platforms like the iPad, but to make Office for "X" so much better than other options that people again start to think of it is required for "real work." Their feet are being held to a very hot competitive fire here, and they are going to have to excel just to stand still.

ugh...formatting mangled upon submission...
tl;dr; click on the link, it explains Microsoft's biggest problem is that more and more people are realizing they don't need MS Office to get real work done.

$30 would have to be the price point as that is what Apple's own suite of office apps costs. Maybe they could go $40 or $50 since its real Office, but I'll bet it will be $30 and maybe some in app paid options for more advanced functionality. I know some would whine about that, but the majority of people I work with do their job without issue and rarely need more than the Office basics.

You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I to find this matter to be actually one thing that I think I might by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely vast for me. I am taking a look ahead in your next submit, I will try to get the dangle of it!