Office for iPadEditor: Richard Devine
Microsoft Office for iPad lets you view, edit, and present all your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents right on your iPad. The Office for iPad apps are free downloads and include the editing and presenting functions. The editing part requires an Office 365 account. Likewise, while you can save your documents to your local iPad storage, Office for iPad is meant to work with Microsoft OneNote and SharePoint products.
Whether Office for iPad is too little too late or better late than never remains to be seen. Perhaps Microsoft was hoping people would need Office so much they'd be willing to get a Surface or tablet PC rather than iPad. Turned out people loved the iPad so much people were willing to get another document app instead.
In many ways, the lack of Office on iPad — and indeed, touch Office on the Surface as well — was just another painful example of Microsoft failing at mobile. Indeed, it took Microsoft so long to launch office for iPad — almost 4 years after the original iPad launched — that free alternatives like Apple's iWork and Google's Docs have had time enough to catch up in most ways that matter to most users.
For enterprise users, however, for those for whom there can be no alternatives, then Microsoft Office for iPad is more than a much have. Those are the ones who are going to get the most out of Office for iPad, and the full-on touch versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.