Tim Cook and Satya Nadella offer Twitter congrats for Office on iPad debut

Today's Microsoft press event centered on the announcement of Office finally being released for Apple's iPad tablets. Unfortunately, while Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Office general manager Julie White attended the event, it did not include any executives from Apple showing up to be a part of the festivities.

While we do think it's a tad odd that Apple leaders didn't want to show up to Microsoft's event in person. that didn't stop its CEO Tim Cook giving a virtual "Congrats" via Twitter to Nadella for the Office on iPad launch.

Nadella quickly returned the message from Cook with a Twitter post of his own:

This may only be the beginning of Office announcements for 2014. Nadella hinted strongly today that more versions of Office are in the works for other platforms. That includes the Modern UI version of Windows 8 and we could get a glimpse of that during next week's BUILD 2014 developer conference.

Source: Tim Cook and Satya Nadella on Twitter | Image via Microsoft

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Brony said,
Apple, Microsoft and Office had a long story.

I remember it well. Like, MS investing $150M into Apple to keep it afloat, and porting IE and Office to the Mac so it remained relevant.

Make what you will of the importance of Microsoft to Apple today, but what the fanboys need to remember is that had it not been for Microsoft, there'd be no Apple today.

_dandy_ said,

and porting IE and Office to the Mac so it remained relevant.

Microsoft Office for Mac was introduced for Mac OS in 1989, before Office was released for Windows

obviously, you don't remember it that well ;)

HawkMan said,
Microsoft Office for Mac was introduced for Mac OS in 1989, before Office was released for Windows

obviously, you don't remember it that well ;)

Microsoft stopped producing Office for the Mac for a number of years in the mid-90s. Apple was then on the verge of bankruptcy. Then along with MS's investment in Apple in 1997, they committed to producing a Mac version again. I'm not sure whether you're disputing that sequence of events.

If there's anything I wrote that's wrong, it's probably my use of the word "porting", because honestly there's probably very little code in common between the two versions. Is that what makes you say I don't remember it well? Because I wasn't implying anything about which version appeared first.

_dandy_ said,

I remember it well. Like, MS investing $150M into Apple to keep it afloat, and porting IE and Office to the Mac so it remained relevant.

Part of the deal was to make IE the default browser on the Mac. A browser that had existed on Mac OS almost two years before the deal was made.


Make what you will of the importance of Microsoft to Apple today, but what the fanboys need to remember is that had it not been for Microsoft, there'd be no Apple today.

Yes, the fanboys need to remember that Apple, a company with $1.2 billion cash on hand at the time, needed $150 million from Microsoft to remain relevant and to stay afloat.

Btw, Apple only gets 30% of Office's revenue if you make an in-app purchase of Office apps on iPad. You can buy an Office 365 subscription directly from MS online or via retail. Then you just need to sign in to the Office apps on iPad. MS gets 100% revenue.

How long until Apple claim they actually invented Office and it's an infringement to have it on any other device?

trip21 said,
How long until Apple claim they actually invented Office and it's an infringement to have it on any other device?

I'm not 100% sure, but didn't apple create the first WYSIWYG wordprocessor?

The title is terrible, it's convoluted making it hard to read and it makes it seem like their congratulating twitter for the office launch, not MS on twitter.

HawkMan said,
The title is terrible, it's convoluted making it hard to read and it makes it seem like their congratulating twitter for the office launch, not MS on twitter.

Agreed.

I personally think Apple had the chance to make iWork a serious competitor to Office. Office will now dominate both the paid and free office app market.

CJEric said,
I don't see many home users paying for the $100/y 365 subscription.

Most of them already paid the full price before for the Office suite. The 99/y deal is superb; free updates and free upgrades to new releases; and installs for 5 different pc's.

Jarrichvdv said,
The 99/y deal is superb

Maybe if you already upgrade your Office products regularly and are used to buying licenses for a bunch of devices. On the other hand, iWork comes free with Macs and iPads. So if you don't absolutely need Office, here's an easy way to save $300 over three years. I mean, some people can't get by without Office , but if you don't absolutely need it, a yearly $100 subscription seems sort of hard to justify from my perspective.

I don't think thats apple's end game, always remember with apple the software is there to entice the user to buy the hardware, it's the reason why a lot of the stuff is free, like OS updates and iWorks.

Microsoft on the other hand are primarily software, getting Office on the iPad is a great idea of expanding and profiting, to me it seems like a perfect match.

Apple and Microsoft have partnered on a lot of things do get on rather well with each other.

REM2000 said,
Apple and Microsoft have partnered on a lot of things do get on rather well with each other.

And don't forget that Apple will make more money on Office than they ever did on iWork... :/

CJEric said,

And don't forget that Apple will make more money on Office than they ever did on iWork... :/


How, it's a free app. They don't get anything from the subs.

HawkMan said,


How, it's a free app. They don't get anything from the subs.

Reason is, it is possible to buy the subscription from within the app. In that case, Apple gets their 30%

If you purchase the sub outside of the app (office365 website), Apple gets 0%

CJEric said,
I don't see many home users paying for the $100/y 365 subscription.

Then they'll buy the cheaper Office 365 Personal option, which is a bargain IMO.

j2006 said,

Then they'll buy the cheaper Office 365 Personal option

So $210 over 3 years? I guess that's slightly better. We'll just have to wait and see how many iPad (home) users are going to take advantage of that instead of going the free-iWork route.

Satya Nedella: So when can we expect your iWork coming to windows phone ?

Tim Cook: Well, we have no plan to port it over due to tiny market share of Windows Phone 8

Satya Nedella: ...........

Really, why would WP users need iWorks when they have Office on their phones? iWork was a compromise for Apple users who needed to work with Office documents on their phones.

Master of Earth said,
Satya Nedella: So when can we expect your iWork coming to windows phone ?

Tim Cook: Well, we have no plan to port it over due to tiny market share of Windows Phone 8

Satya Nedella: ........... I was jocking, we don't need, we have Office

fixed

Satya Nedella: So when can we expect your iWork coming to windows phone ?

Tim Cook: Well, we have no plan to port it over due to tiny market share of Windows Phone 8

Satya Nedella: ........... I was jocking, we don't need, we have Office

Tim Cook: Yep, it took you guys four years to bring office to the mobile that isn't available for windows modern UI yet while iWork have been rewritten for mobile since the launched of iPad

Satya Nedella: We love the iPad so much that we forgotten to develop a version of office for windows 8 modern UI

Tim Cook: That's just jaw dropping

Satya Nedella: So when can we expect your iWork coming to windows phone ?

Tim Cook: Well, we have no plan to port it over due to tiny market share of Windows Phone 8

Satya Nedella: ........... I was jocking, we don't need, we have Office

Tim Cook: What the hell is "jocking"?... Actually I don't want to know.

Master of Earth said,
Satya Nedella: So when can we expect your iWork coming to windows phone ?

Tim Cook: Well, we have no plan to port it over due to tiny market share of Windows Phone 8

Satya Nedella: ...........


apples hardware is really good but on software side its not good. and iWork is a joke. I am not sure anybody even uses that crap even when its free.
proof: Office subscription is 99$ a year vs. iWork free. but look how excited is tim cook about ms Office.

AsherGZ said,
Really, why would WP users need iWorks when they have Office on their phones? iWork was a compromise for Apple users who needed to work with Office documents on their phones.

For people who heavily rely on office then it's just too bad for them to use iWork as a temporarily substitute for viewing and editing some documents but that doesn't mean it lacks of any cool stuff that took microsoft office almost a decade to copy such as magic move. So the way you just response is kinda dopey dude. As a matter of fact it's definitely a good idea to have iWork on windows OS even do it doesn't widely use and prevent it from continuing monopoly.

ians18 said,
I didn't know Apple had @appstore !

We'll, they do own the trademark and have defended it pretty successfully.