New Microsoft CEO will reportedly unveil Office for iPad next week

Daniel Bader

March 17, 2014 7:16pm

Microsoft’s OneNote-related announcements today are merely a preamble to an Office-focused announcement on March 27th.

The Redmond-based software giant will reportedly unveil the long-awaited Office for iPad next week, bringing a fuller and more feature-rich version of the suite to Apple’s tablet platform. Microsoft already has versions of Office for Android smartphones and iPhones, which require an Office365 subscription to function, but they’re pared-down and simplified. Microsoft has been working on Office for iPad since 2012, and a leaked version was one of the only scoops for the short-lived The Daily iPad newspaper. No word on whether an equivalent Android tablet version will be made available in the future.

The announcement on March 27th will be new CEO Satya Nadella’s first on the public stage and will be part of a broader cloud/mobile-oriented event open to members of the press. It will also be a week before Build, Microsoft’s developer conference, at which the company is going to announce Windows Phone 8.1 and a new version of Windows 8.1.

SourceThe Verge
  • Buzz88

    I bet it ain’t gonna be $1.99

  • jon

    who even uses Microsoft office so many free alternatives that are the same. Hopefully the new CEO can revive Windows

    • Stephen_81

      People that actually need the power of a full features spreadsheet program.

      There isn’t a free alternative that even deserves to be in the same category as Excel.
      I can see people using alternatives to Word, as the majority of usage doesn’t dig even into a fraction of the power.
      PowerPoint is still the gold standard for presentations, While I do appreciate alternatives like Prezi, PowerPoint is still the go to for a presentation you are going to need to leave behind.

      And those are just the 3 main ones.

    • Tsordi

      It’s true. I’ve flirted with free/open source alternatives and they’re generally awful. Office 2010 onward is fantastic and I’ll gladly pay a nominal fee for something that just works. I used to spend hours trying to “trick” OpenOffice into doing what I wanted it to do.

    • asdf

      Microsoft Office is ‘the standard’ and substituting OpenOffice or some other freeware does not cut it.

  • Lyndon Boychuk

    Why does everyone feel the need to cater to apple? When was the last time apple took something of theirs and made it available on a competitors platform???

    • Rio

      They don’t need to, Apple is a hardware company first. They use the software to sel the hardware.

      Where as Microsoft is a software company, every minute they don’t have a office suite for the iPad thats every min someone is downloading another alternative.

    • realitycheck

      exactly….. not to mention all the IT departments having to fork over cash now to pay for this to be installed on all the executives ipads just because its an official version of office and they need to have outlook instead of ios mail or OWA…. cash cow…

  • stevedion

    Does it even matter at this point. Seems like it’s 2 years overdue at least! I’d say a majority of people who own iPads already have some sort of solution to open and make minor edits to Office docs…

    • thedesmodes

      I think that there is google docs for the ipad and if I am correct its okay as a document editor.

      Edit: The app is Google Drive for ipad, and its free

    • awhite2600

      Apple now offers Pages, Numbers and Keynote for free with iPads. These applications can perform edits on MS Office documents – with some limitations. Might be enough for casual users.