Office on iPad downloaded ~27 million times since launch

Microsoft has said that Office for iPad has been downloaded 27 million times; the apps were released about six weeks ago. Seeing that the apps have been downloaded at this frequency, it is easy to say that the demand for Office on the iPad was incredibly strong.

The announcement came from Julia White during the TechEd conference which is taking place in Houston and that number is more than twice the number of the last announcement which was 12 million.

While you do need a subscription to Office 365 to make the most use out of the apps, the solution appears to be working well for Microsoft. As more downloads occur, even if they are not Office 365 subscribers, it is a good way to generate interest in the service through the use of their familiar Office applications.

At the time of the last announcement, both Microsoft and Apple seem pleased with the interest in the new apps, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Apple CEO Tim Cook exchanging congratulatory messages on Twitter. The apps quickly skyrocketed to the top of the App Store downloads chart, with Word sitting at the top spot, immediately followed by Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in the four most-downloaded top free apps chart within hours of release.

Microsoft’s Office suite is still the cornerstone of corporate productivity but the touch friendly version is not available on the Surface. Though, that will change and will likely be released in the fall based on current rumors.

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Microsoft's Office suite is still the cornerstone of corporate productivity but the touch friendly version is not available on the Surface. Though, that will change and will likely be released in the fall based on current rumors.

A rather odd comment. I'll take the regular full desktop Office RT on my Surface over these "free apps" that require a 365 subscription, thank you very much. And for as much as I would use touch while editing documents (mostly scrolling, plus a few buttons now and then) touch works just fine in Office RT/2013 touch mode. For everything else there is the Surface keyboard. I despise poke-typing using an on-screen keyboard (slows me way down), so I can't see much use for these "touch apps" beyond viewing documents on a true tablet.

Edited by domboy, May 12 2014, 9:41pm :

Definitely an ignorant comment in the article. Office on the surface is perfectly touch friendly already. Just because it runs on the desktop people claim it isn't touch friendly.

Lord Method Man said,
Definitely an ignorant comment in the article. Office on the surface is perfectly touch friendly already. Just because it runs on the desktop people claim it isn't touch friendly.

Do you think it could be more touch friendly? Was it designed as touch first?

I downloaded it to take a look, I will never use it and I won't pay for an Office subscription. I find the free Apple Pages & Numbers works fine for my needs. I won't ever again pay for an Office type app.

derekaw said,
I downloaded it to take a look, I will never use it and I won't pay for an Office subscription. I find the free Apple Pages & Numbers works fine for my needs. I won't ever again pay for an Office type app.

When you do useless things on your iPad, you are not expected to be productive. Hence the Productivity software of choice.

nickcruz said,

When you do useless things on your iPad, you are not expected to be productive. Hence the Productivity software of choice.

I don't even know what that means? Are you saying you know what I do on my iPad and how productive I am?

Imagine if they would have released this years ago. The iPad will continue to dominate the tablet world. Take advantage of that user base Microsoft.

I imagine so. It's a big number, but when you put it into the context of how many iPad's are out there it's not a surreal number. 26 million iPads were sold in Q1 alone. So technically, just from the Q1 sales there are more iPad's out there with Pages installed than there is Word (as Pages/iWork is now free with new iDevices).

Microsoft will officially reduce Apple's and Google's offerings to Word Perfect status. With Office 365 being a better cross platform solution and affordable, there's really no reason for businesses to adopt either of the alternatives.

Drewidian said,
Microsoft will officially reduce Apple's and Google's offerings to Word Perfect status. With Office 365 being a better cross platform solution and affordable, there's really no reason for businesses to adopt either of the alternatives.

Except for the price. Huge reason.

stevan said,

Except for the price. Huge reason.


i don't think business care for couple of bucks less or more. they care about productivity more. documents compatibility. they care if employees use an office XYZ suite for free but document looks like #### when I open it on PC for edit.

trojan_market said,

i don't think business care for couple of bucks less or more. they care about productivity more. documents compatibility. they care if employees use an office XYZ suite for free but document looks like #### when I open it on PC for edit.

I think they do. A lot. It's why a lot of them didn't upgrade from XP. Or why some of them are choosing googles offerings.

stevan said,
I think they do. A lot. It's why a lot of them didn't upgrade from XP. Or why some of them are choosing googles offerings.
If the OS was subscription based with reasonable pricing and a solid upgrade process and no real worries about backwards capability and they still didn't upgrade XP then your argument would hold water.

Even Office 365's offering for Business is one hell of a deal $12.50/u/m (<25) $15/u/m (<300) or $20/u/m (unlimited). I'm sorry, but if you can't find the extra productivity to warrant $0.57 per day in costs for everything you get... you should probably not be in business.

http://office.microsoft.com/en...ness-plans-FX104051403.aspx

stevan said,

I think they do. A lot. It's why a lot of them didn't upgrade from XP. Or why some of them are choosing googles offerings.


dude I am stunned by lack of your logic. you comparing two complete different things. OS upgrade put a huge infrastructural changes cost on company and decrease productivity because people where used to use the XP OS before and on the other hand, apart from security update and new software compatibility they gain nothing instead. although in a long run they might lose some money maintaining and suffering security risks but understandably many chose to not to upgrade to avoid those huge cost. office 365 subscription is monthly or annual based subscription which they can put in current operating budget and initial cost is ZERO. you really have to study business a little

I'm not surprised. It's actually pretty good. My only complaint is that there isn't a way to integrate 3rd party online storage like DropBox or my QNAP NAS.

A lot of people never believed Office would be supported on the iPad, yet here it is. Office 365 is subscription based and you get OneDrive whether you like it or not. It doesn't hurt MS to offer 3rd party online storage options.

#Michael said,
Do you really believe that dropbox will ever be supported? Come on....it has been and always will be onedrive.

In time, yes.

Sgt Beavis said,
A lot of people never believed Office would be supported on the iPad, yet here it is. Office 365 is subscription based and you get OneDrive whether you like it or not. It doesn't hurt MS to offer 3rd party online storage options.

That wasn't me. I just couldn't figure out why it took so damn long for office to be released for the iPad. But that being said, it makes no sense to allow competitors like dropbox access into office.

Sgt Beavis said,
I'm not surprised. It's actually pretty good. My only complaint is that there isn't a way to integrate 3rd party online storage like DropBox or my QNAP NAS.

Well, you should be able to "Open with..." in the Dropbox app to send an Office doc to the corresponding app. But that's really not the best solution.

Sgt Beavis said,
A lot of people never believed Office would be supported on the iPad, yet here it is. Office 365 is subscription based and you get OneDrive whether you like it or not. It doesn't hurt MS to offer 3rd party online storage options.

Dropbox isn't accessible from windows tablets or windows phone, neither does it have a proper web interface like skydrive.

So you would end up with a situation where you could even not share, or edit office documents saved with dropbox on windows devices.

and I'm still waiting for iPad Air 2 to be released, so I buy a 64GB version, currently a 16GB is not enough anymore for my apps.