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What took Office for iPad so long, anyway?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about why it took the company so long to release Office for iPad. Nadella said that they had been working on the iPad version of their productivity suite for some time, but they wanted to make sure they got all of the elements just right. It was necessary to make sure that all of the software was in place, then build an experience catered to the iPad, according to Recode:

“We’ve been obviously working on this for a while,” Nadella told reporters. “The thing we wanted to get most right was the combination of what I would call the combination of the app, the enterprise architecture, the developer APIs and then marry it with the device and what you expect from the device… It’s not just a trivial thing, lets port Word for Windows to a particular device.”

Are you happy to see Office arrive on iPad, and was it worth the wait? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Recode

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • As always Microsoft, welcome to the game... very late.
  • Perhaps it took as long as it did because this is the first time they presented a finished product instead of a betaware.
  • But they want me to pay a recurring charge to edit documents? Don't think so.
  • "Are you happy to see Office arrive on iPad, and was it worth the wait?" Not at $100 per year. I'm still resisting Adobe's subscription plan. I HATE that. Why would I EVEN consider that here. Unless I already have to pay for it on the computer. Especially with Apple's iWorks now free! Either way, software subscriptions drive me insane at the costs involved. I rarely updated Office, and Creative Suite was only every 2-3 years, as needed. I just feel like this is a big middle finger to those of us that weren't upgrading on a regular basis. Being a self-employed freelancer, I can't afford corporate pricing schedules.
  • I'm curious how often you updated, and what prices you were paying for Office at each upgrade. In my cost analysis the Office subscriptions actually cost less than full Office versions did (especially if you were trying to keep up with all Office releases). Now if only they would offer Windows licenses via subscription to avoid the sticker shock of updating my Windows licenses for my VMs. :\
  • As I, thought, I stated, I rarely updated Office. It just never had a compelling reason to do so. It was very much secondary software for me. So, by forcing subscription pricing, they're forcing me to update whether I need to, or not.
  • What do you charge per hour as a freelancer? If you are a professional and are pretty busy, I would expect that at the very least, 1 hour of freelance work could pay for a month of Adobe's CC.
  • I've been self-employed freelancer for 8 years now, so yes, I keep "busy enough" to make a decent living at it. My biggest issue, is when you quit paying the subscription, you don't own a license for the software at that point. You have to go ALL the way back to CC 6 (or, 5.5 in my case) at the best. At the worst, the last purchased copy of the software (which is probably already out of date with your OS). So, I'll be paying for software indefinitely, and not walk away with anything that will be usable at that point in time, once I stop paying. In the past, we purchased a license to use that software going forward from that point on, so long as it remained compatible with your OS. Now, if you stop paying, you lose the use of the software moving forward. So, in my opinion, a money pit. All the money going in, but, nothing coming out of the other end. So, we're leasing, rather than buying. Come "retirement time" you'll have no home. You will still continue the need to pay "rent." As a freelancer, I can't really afford, or justify, updating every single year. Most updates aren't compelling enough to justify the upgrade. So, through their subscription model, Adobe has chosen to FORCE me to upgrade. Not only that, but, indefinitely. And, that, I believe, is bad business practices. But, in the end, it's my fault for allowing Adobe in my pants to grab me by the balls. To bring this back around to relating to the article: Microsoft will NOT be allowed in my pants.
  • i would like to know if someone could really work on office in their ipad, because i think it will be very difficult to do some task, imore should post a video review for it showing how to do some like create a curriculum vitae etc.. Daniel Dorilas
    Editor @
  • Take it easy, it was just released today. I'm pretty sure they're already hands on it to give us and overview and then full details and how-to's very soon. Give'em some time, take a deep breath or something :s
  • Not for $100 per year. No thanks.
    I guess I will stick to my convoluted work arounds for editing docs and spreadsheets on my ipad.
  • It took so long for Microsoft to bring Office to iPad because they had a whole marketing campaign that hinged on Office NOT being available on iPad ;¬)
  • They want to steal more money from us. Sent from the iMore App
  • There are alternatives to Office (as another iMore article from today compares them), and it depends on your needs. For the corporate world, Office is the standard so this is what was needed for enterprise usage. Now mobile professionals can use the iPad, with Office and the iPad is now a complete device. For those who do not interact with others and share documents on a regular basis, I doubt $100 dollars a year is worth it. For me, I don't need it but my wife is a student and her company uses Office so we probably will get it. Just remember, there is more to this subscription than just Office access, if you use these items.