Microsoft: Office for iPad was a Ballmer decision


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When Microsoft announced Office for the iPad, it was a huge release for the company on many fronts. For one, it was company CEO Satya Nadella’s first major announcement as the new head of the company and, second, the world’s most used productivity suite was now on the iPad.

We all know that Nadella was the one who announced the apps for the iPad, but the project got started under Ballmer. The Office for iPad team took to Twitter today to host an AMA and stated the following:

The decision to ship Office for iPad was made before Satya became CEO. Steve Ballmer approved the plan to ship Office for iPad. -- Kaberi, Technical Product Manager, Office for iPad

There are a lot of other good bits in the AMA, such as an acknowledgement that an updated version of Office of Mac is in the works and that they will be bringing Office to other platforms, such as Android. All of this shouldn't be a surprise. Office took a long time to create, as it’s not a trivial process to create robust productivity applications for a new platform, which means that the work was done under Ballmer’s direction.

What we don’t know is how long the apps have been completed and if Ballmer would have held back the apps until the Windows version was ready for release. While we will likely never know this answer, know that Office for the iPad was a Ballmer decision and a Nadella introduction.

Source: Reddit AMA | Image via Microsoft

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Ballmer came up with this idea? No wonder it makes no sense. Office for iPad & Android kills any potential demand for Surface and Windows Phone products. When Microsoft is trying to be like Apple, it can't act and behave like Google.

Nah really? I thought it was the other guy you know the guy who actually made the software to work with iPad the one in the basement.

LOL Steve Jobs did come up with the idea it was what he imagined the iPhone would be, but Bill Ballmer does he even have a imagination? He is no Bill Gates or Paul Allen but all he is is a basic CEO taking credit for the people who come up with the idea even Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs but it least he has somewhat of a imagination.

Would've been quite a 'redemption' for Ballmer if he had introduced this as his last CEO move. Oh well, pretty sure he isn't hurting and Office for iPad was long overdue and very welcome (notwithstanding the subscription costs)

Of course it was, I like Satya, but it's just annoying to see how people sya "Satya is great, he launched Office for iPad, Steve Ballmer would have never done that". I don't get how people think Satya could pull of Office for iPad in less then 50 days...

Satya could have taken the decision to release it though; something that Ballmer might not have done before Metro office was ready.

Romero said,
Satya could have taken the decision to release it though; something that Ballmer might not have done before Metro office was ready.

Voilà

dingl_ • an hour ago

No kidding... Really? hmm does Neowin follow the news or what
Ballmer stated in Oct 2013 inteviews it was coming
http://youtu.be/bmws0J67yfA?t=31m37s
"That is in progress for both Windows 8 and other platforms".." It is Really in progress".. "It is definitively 100% in progress"

This is so obvious it doesn't even need repeating. Who actually believes Microsoft managed to come up with Office for iPad after Satya was named CEO? Satya could have been the one who decided to finally release it though and not hold it back any longer.

Romero said,
This is so obvious it doesn't even need repeating. Who actually believes Microsoft managed to come up with Office for iPad after Satya was named CEO? Satya could have been the one who decided to finally release it though and not hold it back any longer.

Because people have an irrational hatred for Ballmer.

Apparently everything that has happened since Ballmer left were all Satya's decisions :rolleyes:

-Razorfold said,

Because people have an irrational hatred for Ballmer.

Apparently everything that has happened since Ballmer left were all Satya's decisions :rolleyes:

You're pretty spot on, even though lots of these were put into effect long ago and are now finally coming out.

Dot Matrix said,
they should have waited to release iOS and Windows 8 together.

they should have released the iOS version some time ago...