Microsoft Office for iPad; apparently it's alive and well and might actually come to market faster than a dedicated Windows 8 version. Crazy talk? Not according to Mary Jo Foley over at All About Microsoft:

According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK'd the suggestion by the Office team that they'd bring Office for iPad to market as soon as it was ready, even though that would likely mean before the Windows 8 version.

It's at this point a lot of us ask ourselves whether we even still care? After all, Apple has some decent alternatives of its own for iPad in Numbers, Pages and Keynote. Then we've got Google Drive, Quickoffice, and a number of other third-party office-type solutions. And if we really needed it, we've likely found an alternative we're happy with, right? Further still, Foley goes on to add that she's heard that Office 365 would likely be involved, as it is in the current iPhone version.

Truth is there are those folks that need Microsoft Office, particularly in Enterprise. And a lot of them. So there's still likely a market for it. What's interesting is the thought that Microsoft would put an iPad version out before a dedicated version for its own touchscreen optimized devices.

We might be seeing Office for iPad, finally, in the first half of 2014. Too little, too late? Or are you still waiting oh so patiently for it?

Source: All About Microsoft