Microsoft Office may be coming to the iPad

Microsoft could be getting ready to bring its popular Microsoft Office software to Apple's iPad. The Daily, citing unnamed sources, claims that Microsoft is "actively working" to get its Office software suite working on the iPad with a launch sometime in 2012. With over 10 million iPads selling every quarter, having Microsoft Office available for that platform could be huge for Microsoft's bottom line.

If Microsoft Office is released for the iPad, it would compete with Apple's own productivity programs for the tablet including its Pages, Numbers and Keynote. It's expected that the iOS version of Microsoft Office would be priced around $10 in order to be competitive with Apple's products.

Microsoft has always been highly supportive of its Office software for the Mac platform, so extending that support to the iPad, by far the best selling device of the tablet generation, seems like a safe bet.

The story also claims that Microsoft is working on a major update for the Mac OS X version of Microsoft Office that would make it more compatible with the release of the "Lion" version of the Mac operating system; Lion launched for Mac owners earlier this summer. Microsoft is, of course, working on the next major release of Microsoft Office for  Windows 8, the next version of Windows will launch sometime in mid to late 2012.

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fsX said,
I still use it regardless, but boy does Office for OS X suck… I absolutely love it on Windows, ribbon and all, but on OS X it just loves to crash

Its exactly the same reason why itunes sucks for PC. The competitor whats you to switch platforms...

Frank2029 said,

Its exactly the same reason why itunes sucks for PC. The competitor whats you to switch platforms...


Oh, you couldn't come up with anything, thus you make a statement like this. By the way iTunes does not suck on Win 7; works just as it was designed to do.

Office on Mac is nothing like iTunes on Windows. Lets also not forget that without the MS Mac Office team fixing their APIs, OS X would have barely made it off the ground.

Pam14160 said,

Oh, you couldn't come up with anything, thus you make a statement like this. By the way iTunes does not suck on Win 7; works just as it was designed to do.

iTunes really does suck on Windows. Very slow.

fsX said,
I still use it regardless, but boy does Office for OS X suck… I absolutely love it on Windows, ribbon and all, but on OS X it just loves to crash

The false reasoning here is that you assume the crashing is only Office.

There has been a flip in reality a bit, as Windows and its applications rarely crash anymore, in fact almost never for most users, where OS X is still OS X, and its 'low' crash rate compared to XP is not a lot higher than the crash rate of Vista or Windows 7.

So Office doesn't suck on OS X, it is OS X that has fallen to the side in reliability as it has not gotten better over the years creating a contrast between Windows 7.

Frank2029 said,

Its exactly the same reason why itunes sucks for PC. The competitor whats you to switch platforms...

Really? Because iTunes sucks on Mac's too. Actually its equally as bad as the Windows version because Apple doesn't know how to make good software. Period.

If anything I'd imagine they'd work on making a 'cloud' version of office work with iPads. $10 for the full office suite would be a steal and I doubt they would price it that low unless its a stripped down/modified/cloud powered version.

it wouldn't end up being $10 for the full office suite, it would end up being $10 for word, $10 for powerpoint, $10 for excel etc etc..

dyreryft said,
it wouldn't end up being $10 for the full office suite, it would end up being $10 for word, $10 for powerpoint, $10 for excel etc etc..

This is what they would do. This is the path Apple took with iWorks. Pages is $9.99, Keynote is $9.99, etc.

dyreryft said,
it wouldn't end up being $10 for the full office suite, it would end up being $10 for word, $10 for powerpoint, $10 for excel etc etc..

no brainer here

how about OneNote for the IPAD, a real working product that can function and use the ipad features, unlike the crappy iphone app they released. I know of many that want a OneNote app for Mac and IPad, and also a Visio app also.

This would be great! If they release a proper version which can realistically compete with iWorks on the iPad, then this would be a day 1 purchase for me.

belto said,
also, it would be happy if they have this on msdn!

Won't happen. How would you get it from MSDN onto yoru iPad? Basically has to go through the appstore.

Pardon me, but that's dumb. Office for iPad before Windows 8 and Office 15 are out? Have you ever heard of selling points via exclusivity?

Don't legitimize your competitor's tablet with this step

Because Windows 8 and the office implementation at this stage is horrible at this stage I'm all for this. Also Micosoft is a software company with shares in Apple and the iPad and iOS is already a very established platform so it would be a stupid move if they didn't create office software for the iPad.

They will get some massive sales out of this!

Microsoft makes on average more off of each Mac user than each Windows user. Most Windows users don't buy Office or only buy the cheaper versions. Mac users tend to have more money and just buy Office, in addition to often buying a copy of Windows for BootCamp or Parallels.

So why wouldn't they continue to reach out to the growing side Apple market and make iOS versions as possible?

Don't expect a 'full' version of Word or Excel as iOS can't handle this level of software, just the load time alone would about an hour. However, do look for a simplified version, and also more features in the Web versions that target iPad users as well.

People either weren't around or forget that Word and Excel on the Mac gave the Mac credibility for business and productivity, and was the best wordprocessing and spreadsheet technologies of the 1980s, even better than the DOS version of Word, etc.

Microsoft's Office (Word/Excel) go hand in hand with Mac, and will continue to be a part of the Apple ecosystem.

I am betting Office on iPad would be a lot like OneNote. Basic function where you can sync documents from the device to your desktop version for extended editing.

With the way iPad's file system is, it limits how docs are handled, editied and transferred. You aren't going to get much function for $10.

Here is an example...when Microsoft sold Office for Windows Mobile, look what you got for $50.00. Now MS includes it as part of Windows Phone. Look what you get with it. I expect it would be exactly what you see on Windows phone with a few added things to take advantage of the screen size.

I expect Word would be like WordPad only with even less function and Excel would have a few cells and again less function.

$10 doesn't go very far, but MS could easily outdo what Apple has does with its iJunk

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