Office for iPad spotted in the wild [Update]

One of the key applications that has not made its way to the iPad is Microsoft’s Office. The productivity suit is used by millions every day and rumors had hinted that Microsoft would bring the application to the iPad and today we have the first images of the application from The Daily.

Matt Hickey was fortunate enough to get hands on time with Office and notes that it has a bit of Metro to it and its user interface is similar to that of OneNote.

Currently, Word, Excel and PowerPoint were able to create edit documents locally and also online. Additionally, it was revealed that an Android version of the platform was not being developed at this time.

If all the information holds true, we hope that Office will land on the iPad sooner rather than later as many business are deploying the iPad in the field. While it is a bit interesting to see that Microsoft would be supporting the iPad with its crown jewel of productivity, it is reassuring that they are supporting other platforms outside of Windows. 

While we still do not have an estimated arrival date, Office for the iPad will open up new avenues for the device as business will now have nearly all the applications they need to utilize the iPad in a way that is conducive to business needs.

[Update] Microsoft has told ZDnet that the image is fake but declined to comment on if the company is building Office for the iPad.

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Too bad there will never be an Android version, as I would of definitely bought it. This move, while still great for MS, will further concrete Apple's dominance and makes it harder for W8 tablets to make any dent in the tablet market (but MS should still make a killing on sales).

Xerax said,
At this rate, there will be more Microsoft apps for Mac than Apple.
Not that surprising? Google are very likely already in this situation ... because Apple primarily does hardware and OS, and Microsoft and Google primarily do software and OS.

um have people forgot that office was available for mac, whats different to add it on ipad? It makes sense seeing how an impact apple products are doing. I think its a good move for microsoft.

DrOmango said,
um have people forgot that office was available for mac, whats different to add it on ipad? It makes sense seeing how an impact apple products are doing. I think its a good move for microsoft.

If I remember correctly the first version of Microsoft Office was released on the Mac before Microsoft released it for Windows.

Edit: It seems I was right, Office was released for the Mac in 1989 and for Windows in 1990.

They're hedging their bets. Windows 8 isn't guaranteed yet to succeed in the tablet market, but Office is still a huge money-maker for them. Getting Office onto the dominant tablet platform, before an alternative productivity suite has a chance to become a standard on it, is a wise move.

The other thing is that Office on iOS, and not Android, hurts Android. Microsoft needs to "defeat" Android in the tablet market before they can even dream of dethroning Apple.

lunarworks said,
They're hedging their bets. Windows 8 isn't guaranteed yet to succeed in the tablet market, but Office is still a huge money-maker for them. Getting Office onto the dominant tablet platform, before an alternative productivity suite has a chance to become a standard on it, is a wise move.

The other thing is that Office on iOS, and not Android, hurts Android. Microsoft needs to "defeat" Android in the tablet market before they can even dream of dethroning Apple.

No they don't, MS is making a tidy profit off Android (more then Google in fact) so why would they wanna kill off that easy stream of money for? Also despite the late Jobs hatred for Android and wish for its total destruction, Apple can't afford Android to be kill off either.

Think about it, where do you think all those OEMs will go once Android is a dead platform? they'll jump ship to W8 and Apple can't sue MS off the market like they are trying with Android. So Apple needs Android to keep MS off their backs and MS like Android cause it's a nice little money earner for them That is my take on it all, take with a grain of salt.

Well Office exclusively on a Windows 8 tablet would be a huge selling point, so porting it to iOS is pretty much a suicide attempt.

Oh well, their loss.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Well Office exclusively on a Windows 8 tablet would be a huge selling point, so porting it to iOS is pretty much a suicide attempt.

Oh well, their loss.

How is adding potentially millions of new customers to their Office eco-system (for which they also sell a Mac version) "their loss"?

virtorio said,
How is adding potentially millions of new customers to their Office eco-system (for which they also sell a Mac version) "their loss"?

Read what I said...

Astra.Xtreme said,
Well Office exclusively on a Windows 8 tablet would be a huge selling point, so porting it to iOS is pretty much a suicide attempt.

Oh well, their loss.

By the logic, nobody buys a Windows Desktops becuase they could get office on a mac.. People do get computers for more than MS office you know.

Xerax said,
By the logic, nobody buys a Windows Desktops becuase they could get office on a mac.. People do get computers for more than MS office you know.

I never claimed any of that... All I said was that there will now be one less incentive to buy a Win 8 tablet. Microsoft could have probably easily stolen the corporate market if they offered the only route get Office. Now that it will be available on the iPad, they possibly lost that chance. It's pretty certain that these tablets will be more expensive than the iPad, so they desperately need something special to market with.

alexalex said,
Wonder if it will be bundled with OGA ? :-(

Even though this is a fake (pity), if they did make an iPad app I doubt it, OGA was retired back in 2010.

.Neo said,
Don't forget the 259 different editions it will ship in.

Can't forget that. Also the "if this a genuine copy" and the new 20 digit actvacation key

CMG_90 said,
Can't forget that. Also the "if this a genuine copy" and the new 20 digit actvacation key
Never had that issue, since i tend not to use pirated copies...

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
Verry much looking foreward to this. Im wondering though if TechNet will have it. Mainly as it also has the mac version of office

The app store, like every other ipad/iphone app.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

Yes, but more along lines of Codes to redeem for the app store copy

You can build bootstrap installer for apple apps if you have the Ent. Developer agreement. So they could in theory release a version in the store for a cost and a version for download for subscribers. But apple needs to improve that. if you get the zip file anyone can install.

I hope MS integrates Skydrive with this. It would be nice to be able to save your word and excel documents right to the cloud and be able to share them.

daz411 said,
I hope MS integrates Skydrive with this. It would be nice to be able to save your word and excel documents right to the cloud and be able to share them.

It's a good possibility as there is a SkyDrive app for the iOS.

The real question is How much will it cost for the iPad, and will it be the same in Windows 8 on Arm and x86? I think they have to come in at a reasonable price point for iOS like $49-$79. If they do this, they will have to match it on Windows 8 ARM or they risk loosing that inexpensive market to other cheaper productivity suites. If they release it that cheaply on WoARM, they can't have a $200-$400 pricing structure for x86. Interestingly they have already said that the Consumer preview will come with a version of Metro Office. Its going to be an interesting year!

Drewidian said,
The real question is How much will it cost for the iPad, and will it be the same in Windows 8 on Arm and x86? I think they have to come in at a reasonable price point for iOS like $49-$79. If they do this, they will have to match it on Windows 8 ARM or they risk loosing that inexpensive market to other cheaper productivity suites. If they release it that cheaply on WoARM, they can't have a $200-$400 pricing structure for x86. Interestingly they have already said that the Consumer preview will come with a version of Metro Office. Its going to be an interesting year!

Reasonable price for iPad will be $4.99.

Drewidian said,
....

Pretty sure WoA will have Office pre-installed much like windows phone today.
I would think MS would price the individual iOS apps lower than what you listed, to keep apple's profits down.

alexalex said,

Reasonable price for iPad will be $4.99.


If that's the price, then we should expect a little bit more functionality than the Web version.

Drewidian said,
The real question is How much will it cost for the iPad, and will it be the same in Windows 8 on Arm and x86? I think they have to come in at a reasonable price point for iOS like $49-$79. If they do this, they will have to match it on Windows 8 ARM or they risk loosing that inexpensive market to other cheaper productivity suites. If they release it that cheaply on WoARM, they can't have a $200-$400 pricing structure for x86. Interestingly they have already said that the Consumer preview will come with a version of Metro Office. Its going to be an interesting year!

Well mac user are used to buy over-expensive products they would give thousand dollars for any piece of ****.

Zedox said,
Why do they have the "Remote Desktop" app as an "icon"...?

Remote desktop has been bundled with Office for Mac for awhile now. It's also a free download.

Shadrack said,

Remote desktop has been bundled with Office for Mac for awhile now. It's also a free download.

Ah ok

Why in the world would Microsoft do this??? They will seal their fate in the enterprise if they release Office on the iPad. F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!

BSquared said,
Why in the world would Microsoft do this??? They will seal their fate in the enterprise if they release Office on the iPad. F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!

It makes sense. Metro is kinda new, people aren't used to it. They release this metro-style Office on the iPad with the purpose that people get used to Metro on the tablet form-factor. Also, Microsoft is a software company that has benefits by releasng their software on multiple platforms. They learn a lot about the platform, which knowlegde they can use on their own platform. In the process they also make money out of it by selling the software., It's a tripple win for Microsoft

When Windows didn't exist, they made software for Apple when they were working on the first Macs.

BSquared said,
Why in the world would Microsoft do this??? They will seal their fate in the enterprise if they release Office on the iPad. F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!

BSquared, they can't limit one of their best sellers to their own turf. It's not good business. They can always just offer the same or better version for their own tabs/phones/PCs.

BSquared said,
Why in the world would Microsoft do this??? They will seal their fate in the enterprise if they release Office on the iPad. F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!

The Office and Windows divisions are largely separate teams from what I'm aware, and their business decisions don't always clearly align with each other...

BSquared said,
Why in the world would Microsoft do this??? They will seal their fate in the enterprise if they release Office on the iPad. F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!

I agree! Microsoft should be listening more to fanboys on internet forums before they make major decisions like this! /s

BSquared said,
Why in the world would Microsoft do this??? They will seal their fate in the enterprise if they release Office on the iPad. F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!

Well, we have OneNote, SkyDrive, and Lync on the iPad/iPhone, so why not?

BSquared said,
Why in the world would Microsoft do this??? They will seal their fate in the enterprise if they release Office on the iPad. F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!

Funny how not even the Microsoft fanboys seem to have faith in Microsoft's own products otherwise they wouldn't feel threatened by this.

Don't worry. Office for Windows will always be superior to the Mac versions. Office for Windows 8 will be amazing if it takes advantage of all the new things the OS has to offer.

BSquared said,
Why in the world would Microsoft do this???

To prevent companies like OnLive from profiteering on their IPs.
OnLive Desktop was demoed at CES.

BSquared said,
Why in the world would Microsoft do this???
The same reason they make Office for Mac? Because they're a software provider?

.Neo said,

Funny how not even the Microsoft fanboys seem to have faith in Microsoft's own products otherwise they wouldn't feel threatened by this.

Queue all the Apple people that start throwing around words like trolls, hater, etc. Afterall, what is good for the goose...

nohone said,

Queue all the Apple people that start throwing around words like trolls, hater, etc. Afterall, what is good for the goose...

So your definition of an Apple "hater" isn't someone who says "F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!" after Microsoft releases a piece of software on an Apple platform?

virtorio said,
So your definition of an Apple "hater" isn't someone who says "F*ck Apple, Microsoft.....don't do it!!!!!" after Microsoft releases a piece of software on an Apple platform?

It was aimed at a certian group of people who, when anything said about Apple is not cheerleading for them, they will turn around and call them a hater, that neowin is going downhill, etc. But when something negative is said about MS (and often by those same people that were complaining), those people are just giving their honest opinion, not hating.

I was looking for those people who are looking for civility on NeoWin and to shame "haters" would object to some of negative comments towards Microsoft. But I guess it was all just about protecting Apple.

My guess is that it'll be released at the same time as WOA. Microsoft knows they need to get Office established, or risk losing their monopoly over productivity suites. But to support iOS without having a Windows version would be disasterous too, as it would effectively be supporting their competition.

greenwizard88 said,
My guess is that it'll be released at the same time as WOA. Microsoft knows they need to get Office established, or risk losing their monopoly over productivity suites. But to support iOS without having a Windows version would be disasterous too, as it would effectively be supporting their competition.

I partly agree. But I think that it will be much later than that. Atleast an year, just like the time-difference for Office for Windows, and Mac.
Otherwise it would hurt Windows deployment process.

greenwizard88 said,
Microsoft knows they need to get Office established, or risk losing their monopoly over productivity suites.

Each time when peoples said this, Microsoft still have monopolies over productivity suites, everytime.

It will be a long long time before Microsoft lose their monopoly on the productivity suite market. There is nothing that compares to Office.

It would be a critical error to release this before Windows 8 has entered the market, it should remain work in progress until well after w8's release.

It would be like having your two biggest products, windows and office, vying to destroy each other.

greenwizard88 said,
My guess is that it'll be released at the same time as WOA. Microsoft knows they need to get Office established, or risk losing their monopoly over productivity suites. But to support iOS without having a Windows version would be disasterous too, as it would effectively be supporting their competition.