Office for iPad not a popular purchase with iMore readers

Office for iPad

Microsoft generated some serious iOS news last week with the introduction of Office for iPad, but what did the iMore readership think of it? We ran a quick poll asking whether or not you guys would be picking it up and the results are stacked firmly in the favor of 'no.'

Approaching half of those polled voted to say they wouldn't be bothering with it, with only a quarter saying they were still undecided. With just over a quarter of the votes tallied a definite 'yes,' it looks like in these parts at least, Office isn't proving to be so popular.

One thing remains certain; Office for iPad is good. Really, really good. Too late to make the impact it perhaps could have done a year or two ago, but at least when it arrived it arrived in style. Perhaps these kind of apps aren't as important as they once were, or maybe Apple's free iWork suite is enough for most.

Check out the full results in the chart below. A week – and maybe a hands on, even – later, have you changed your opinion? Sound off in the comments below!

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Office for iPad not a popular purchase with iMore readers


I love Office 2010 on my PC and I love my iPad. I don't love the fact that I would have to pay £89.99 to rent the software for a year...

If it was £89.99 PERIOD, I may have considered it as I use my iPad out and about an awful lot and it would be useful to sync it with my home computers for word docs.

I'm not a fan of any cloud-based platforms.

That's exactly the issue for me. I really, really don't want to "subscribe" to my office suite, especially at these prices.

Well, since more than half said Yes or Maybe in spite of this being a Microsoft product, the headline should read "Office for iPad popular among iMore readers".

Not really all that shocking. Either you're already paying for Office 365 (love the service, to be honest), and, thus, getting it for free already on your iPad, or you've completely ditched the service entirely for iWork or something else. Doubt there's a middle ground of people who have come across Office for iPad and suddenly decide to start paying for it from within the app.

For me 100% of my Office use is for company purposes. I have no other need for Office. So in its current iteration its not whether I want to use it. I can't. I violate company policy storing any document outside our firewall.

I was initially in the "undecided" category but once I found it was a cloud based subscription model... I'd change my vote to "No"

I believe if I buy software then it belongs to me, I will not "rent" software. That installation is my property for as long as I own it and the equipment to run it on. Also I can choose whether any update is something I want to have and will not be forced into it.

You have a grave misunderstanding then, when it comes to software purchases, and what it is when you are really buying when you purchase software. Software you buy never "belongs" to you; what you are paying for is the ability to use the software as stipulated in the license. Some licenses will only allow you to use the software on one computer -- no matter whether or not you have uninstalled it from one computer to use on another. Some will allow a certain number of this kind of transfer, and then no more, without purchasing a new license. Some software has a time-limited license making it inoperable after a certain amount of time (iOS beta software is a good example). Some software, requires a re-occuring license, which you pay for on a regular basis (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite, which is monthly; or Office 365, which is yearly). I do not believe Adobe or Microsoft force you to update their software, but they include updates at no cost as long as you maintain your license.
But no matter what, whether it be freeware, donation-based software, subscription-based software, or paid-licensed software, the software never "belongs" to you; that is, you never have ownership of it in the legal sense.
The only time that would happen is if you wrote the software yourself.

Voted maybe, but change that to "No" because my company will be moving to O365 later in the year and I will get it for free then. If not for that, I would have probably never bought it since iWork is more than enough for my personal use.

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Good point. Maybe the survey questions were misunderstood. Yes, it's on my iPad. No, I am not paying for it. Also, if company wouldn't move to O365, I would still not pay for it. So... Which one is it? I'm confused...

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Microsoft's actual business plan is to make businesses pay for it so that end users don't have to. And that subverts Apple's 30% cut sinc they bought the subscription outside of the store. It's actually quite brilliant really.

As for the average end user, if they didn't need Office in the past 4 years, who cares if they need it now. Being the dominant office productivity suite does not also demand 100% marketshare.

Another Mobile Nations story based on "data" from one of its web polls... lol

"In other Mobile Nations news, three-quarters of children responding to a Mobile Nations poll on our new site 'Kid Nation' want ice cream before dinner compared to after dinner. Obviously parents are out of touch with the desires of their children." LOL

Well almost all surveys can be painted with that brush though. A survey and a poll are both the same thing and both are inherently biased and subjective no matter what the sample size. There is really nothing scientific about the whole field.

Thanks, I'm glad in not alone with this! lol I see it all the time on the Mobile Nations sites. I think someone else noted that they should "qualify" their usage ("According to respondents of our survey, blah blah blah..."). I think that would help. It's a little amateurish to use these "results" to draw conclusions about larger groups or issues.

I know, right? The really should phrase things with a little more accuracy -- like 'with iMore survey respondents' -- hardly qualifies as site readership ;-)

I think the tech journalists aren't thinking so well when they go on about how good the Office for iPad software is. Most of the smoothness, the flawless transitions, and the excellent snappy performance is actually due to the work of the Apple engineers who made the APIs and coded all that junk so the end user developer doesn't have to.

This is the reason why the iOS version is so much better than the Windows phone one. On windows phone, they had to do all the coding themselves.

Two years ago, I'd have paid $40 or so to get Word.

But now I have Pages, and this is definitely a "more than sufficient" situation for me. I have no need to be 100% Word compatible, and I'm certain there's a lot of people like me out there. They can open basic Word docs, and export to Word. That's good enough.

Hell, I use OneNote more than Pages when I write scripts and short stories, since my partner shares the notebook with me. She can just get the text right from it, it doesn't need to be formatted.

Overall, a lot of meh toward this, even more if you have to pay a subscription for it. If I need to access full Office, I can borrow back my Surface RT from her.

In two years, I haven't needed to.

Still, I like that Office is on iPad. I think it's wonderful, and shows that MS is serious about surviving and being a software company. Welcome back, Microsoft.

We missed you.

any app I could edit an excel file, nothing very complicated and being able to save it in either dropbox or in the app itself in pdf and being able to email that pdf?

I wonder if you can find another software where the majority of your reader is interested installing. This at a subscription price of about 10 dollars a month! I'd call this product a runaway hit!

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I will just download office for iPhone on my iPad and use it for free.
No point in buying a subscription

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Well, it's had 12 million downloads in a week, so I think it's doing just fine without the iMore crowd. ;)

MS Office is something of a distant memory for me; thank goodness. I have used iWork on Mac since 2007, and it was such a wonderful experience that I dumped MS Office soon after. iWork on Mac and iOS are a pleasure to work with for both business and home use.

For those that must, or actually enjoy, using MS Office, I imagine it is great that at last it is available for iPad.

After years of frustration using MS products I would bork at giving them another cent; if it was free it would still be a Big NO from me.

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Downloaded it and do get the full features you have to pay $99 a year and I already have pages and I have Quickoffice and they are both in my opinion better than MS Office and they can create .docx documents that you can use in Word.