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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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

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Please tell us what crashes you have had. In the two years I have been using 2011 (part of beta test team) I have yet to have any major problem, nor a minor one. Yes 2008 was a mess, however, 2011 has yet to crash on my iMac 24 dual core 2.98 GHz system running Lion at the present.

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.

This will probably be like a MS Office Jr. or something. I don't see them putting complete versions of Office applications on the iPad. Just like the Windows Office is more complete than the Mac version, MS will keep some stuff on Windows 8.

I don't have an ipad for several reasons, lack of proper file management, lack of Microsoft office and the upcoming windows 8 tablets. If Microsoft released this app a lot of people would probably refuse to wait and buy an iPad. $10 would be a great deal but I think Microsoft would lose out if they made it that cheap.

Gaffney said,
I don't have an ipad for several reasons, lack of proper file management, lack of Microsoft office and the upcoming windows 8 tablets. If Microsoft released this app a lot of people would probably refuse to wait and buy an iPad. $10 would be a great deal but I think Microsoft would lose out if they made it that cheap.

Why would they loose if they made it cheep? They already loose when they price it $300

CMG_90 said,

Why would they loose if they made it cheep? They already loose when they price it $300

Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

CMG_90 said,

Why would they loose if they made it cheep? They already loose when they price it $300

No, they don't. Obviously you can count. MS Office Premium/Enterprise has the full suite for bsuinesses that need them. How is MS losing if lets say my business has 10,000 desktops that all require off. 10,000 x $399 x 65% of the businesses that use Windows with the vast majority of them using Office. It si cheaper to pay $4000 for the suite than pay $80 for each Office applications.

The version that most home users or students needs, just has Word, Excel and Outlook which is all they need. For $119 that's cheap compared again to 80 each. The vast majority of people who own Office don't even need it or rarely use it. They use it because A.)it came pre-installed on their PC and it is cheaper to activate it that way, or B.) they use it to be compatible with a client they work with.

Microsoft has over 1B users of Windows where 65% of them likely use Office for some reason. And seeing that Windows and office is Microsoft's flagship products where they sell over 500M licenses for Windows and at least 1/2 that in Office, I don't see how that si lossing.

If MS offers Office on the iPad for $10 which the writer is only guessing, it won't even do as much as WordPad does on Windows. Maybe even less. And with how Apple's file system is done on iOS, any documents you make an save, can only be accessed via the application.

How many iPad gets sold per year? About 10M+? So 10M x $10.00 where Apple get 30% of the top and MS gets tjhe rest? I see that as a win. With Android being as popular as it could be, MS could make even more if they offered it for Android too. And any Windows tablet version will certainly be better.

No matter what Microsoft does, someone always tries to find and issue with it, even if there isn't one. Its really lame, really tiring and really just stupid.

If you could sell something for $10 to 10M people, why would you pas it up? Even if it is chump change to what MS usually makes, isn't it high time with all the money we make for them, they give us something cheap?

Because Apple surely never will.
Grow up!!!!