Microsoft working on Office for iPad?

Microsoft working on Office for iPad?

With typical cat-like speed and agility, it looks Microsoft's Office team might finally be ready to pounce on something iOS -- namely the iPad. Quoth The Daily:

According to sources, the tech giant is actively working on adapting its popular software suite for Apple’s tablet. [...] It’s assumed that both of these would work with Office 365 as well as mobile versions, such as Windows Phone’s Office Hub. Because it would be compatible with these full suites rather than as stand-alone apps, the pricing will most likely be significantly lower than existing Office products. In fact, it’s likely the cost will be around the $10 price point that Apple has established for its Pages, Numbers and Keynote products.

No word yet on timeline. Would Microsoft really launch Office for iPad before giving Windows 8 Metro slates a chance to compete using Office exclusivity as a draw? Maybe. They did license away ActiveSync after all.

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tqmcguire says:

Holy hell, let's hope it's nowhere near the modern-day debacle that Office for Mac is.

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mfm77 says:

I have no complaints about Office 2011 so far, but I've been looking for an iPad-compatible office suite. Pages & Keynote seem a little pricey, and I was just about to plunk down the money for Docs 2 Go, but I might wait now.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr says:

Great line, "With typical cat-like speed and agility, rumor has it Microsoft’s Office team might finally be ready to pounce on something iOS — namely the iPad." Let's see if they 1) actually release it on iOS and 2) do it right. But if they do both, this would be very handy.

Not says:

What MS needs to do is make a universal binary of office for all iOS devices. Anything less and it's a waste of money and time...

FlopTech Engineering says:

"It looks like you're failing in the mobile market.
Would you like help?

  • Get help with iOS development
  • Just waste billions on your own platform without help
  • Don't show me this tip again"
Rosa says:

I had a pretty rnetiresting idea for a game. I do know how to create it in flash but unfortunately I have no idea how to create apps or with what kind of program. so does anyone know where I can get tutorials for how to create iphone apps.

futurix says:

Dem fanboy editors are so funny, using the Clippy graphics, ha-ha-ha!
Same Clippy that was removed from Microsoft Office in 1999 - that's longer than the entire existence of MacOS X or iOS.

cardfan says:

I don't think MS would want to acknowledge iOS worthy of an office app. Whatever though. Not sure how this would help their windows 8 on a tablet strategy.

Tyson Trogdon says:

I know lots of folks who are only persuaded against buying an iPad because of its lack of compatibility with Microsoft Office.

Andrew112 says:

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chaloney says:

If they're smart, they will just buy quickoffice and make it look more microsofty and start selling it.

Carioca says:

Again, the hubris...
Before making the usual snide comments about Microsoft let's remember their cat-like speed and agility when they sided with Apple after the semi-bankruptcy and announced that the development of Office for Mac would continue, which arguably assured the viable future of the platform at the time.
Thus, the Office suite for Apple platforms was a commitment by Microsoft even before Apple was Apple.