Microsoft Office for iPad hits 12M App Store downloads in a week

Douglas Soltys

April 4, 2014 1:20pm

Well, that was fast. Just one week after launching its Office suite of apps for the iPad, Microsoft announced via a tweet yesterday that they have already surpassed 12 million downloads. This number also includes legacy OneNote downloads, and Microsoft didn’t provide numbers on each app’s contribution to the overall total, but the achievement is still very impressive.

Office for iPad is notable in that Microsoft completely rebuilt the apps from the ground up for the iPad rather than porting from Windows. Each app also contains iPad-specific features, as well as cross-platform file fidelity. Taking advantage of these features requires a $99/year Office 365 subscription, however, as only reading and presentation support are offered in the free version.

Have you downloaded Office for iPad? Are you willing to purchase an Office 365 subscription to take full advantage of the app suite? What do you think of the iPad specific features?

  • FunkyMonkey

    doesnt mean its used by 12mil people, and doesnt say how many subscriptions they actually got out of it…
    could very well be people like “oh Office cool!….Oh wait you gotta pay for it… UNINSTALL”

    • Bri Bru

      I agree. I just can’t image all these people paying $99/yr to use MS office on their iPad. They might just use it to read docs.

    • Ballack

      You should spend more time reading terms in Office 365 subscriptions. 99/year includes latest update of Office packages in up to 5 devices . Office 365 is perfect for multi-device owners and enterprises. It is not just that you pay 99 dollars for only editing in you iPad.

    • Bri Bru

      Does it go across other OS’? So this can be used on your Windows desktop, Macbook, iPad, etc?

    • Ballack

      Of course Office is multi-platform supported. Up to 5 devices include PC. Mac OS X/ And at the same time, you can have free access to iPad editing.

    • Ulysses Grant

      LOL.. They probably have no idea that they have to pay for it if they need to edit their document. HA HA

    • Shoey5

      A lot of people subscribe to Office 365, they can use it on multiple devices including the iPad now…

    • Ulysses Grant

      True especially enterprise users. Having Office on iPad will also benefit them especially working outside the office. It is a win-win situation for both Apple and Microsoft.

    • bigshynepo

      Office for Ipad was basically complete in 2012, Apple reps knew about it and couldn’t talk about it. Now, 2 years later, it finally comes out and it’s useless without a subscription?

      So many articles lately saying MS is trying to get more consumer friendly….this is the farthest thing from consumer friendly. Screw the iPad and MS Office 365.

  • netnomad

    I agree with all the other posters. I installed it, found out I had to pay $99 and deleted it and went back to Pages.

    • JTon

      Yeah $99 per year isn’t 2014 pricing. Microsoft is in a position today to completely dominate the office suite market… make the price more appealing. Or better yet, pull an amazon by making it free and land grabbing all of mobile office

    • bigshynepo

      Too bad Microsoft is more about profits than smart business moves… this shows in every aspect of their business.

    • Shoey5

      Um, name one business out there that isn’t about profit?
      Smart business move would be releasing an app like office 365 for an relatively decent price (for what it is) and allowing people to use it on multiple devices they own. Oh what they did that.

    • bigshynepo

      No one likes subscription charges, especially for a word processor. Plus $100 a year? Didn’t I already BUY the office suite? That seems like a ton of money just to have access to an office suite on the Ipad.

      A small charge for the Ipad version would’ve been perfect! $29.99-$49.99 one time charge would have been a HUGE profit generator and would’ve avoided most public criticism and allowed huge accessibility. It would’ve allowed them penetration in this initial version only to add more revenue generating features in future versions. But they didn’t.

      MS has been sitting on the Ipad version of Office for 2 years trying to figure out how to best capitalize on it and this move has sufficiently turned customers off and pushed them back to Pages.

    • Shoey5

      True if you just used office on an iPad $29.99-49.99 would be reasonable but 365 is intended for people who need office and want to use it because they rely on it or want it on multiple devices. These days a lot of people have multiple devices on different platforms, if it was $29.99 and you had to buy an iPad, Windows, Mac, Android version, you’d spend more. If you relied on it and bought just a license, you’d be paying more for one platform. of course, in both cases, you’d be upgrading/purchasing a new version and spending the money again a year later. Office 365 isn’t for everyone but it’s by no means a rip of either. I read once that something like 25% of office sales are 365, that’s a lot of users who find value in it. Not to mention they have price structures to fall in line with different markets, example Office 365 Education edition is like $79 for 4 years use. That’s a pretty awesome deal for students.

    • Shoey5

      Microsoft already dominates the Office Suite Market that’s why a lot of people have no problems dropping $99.99 on the ability to use Office on multiple devices they own….

  • alphs22

    Great move by Microsoft. Google Drive is good, but Office with OneDrive is superior on mobile. Just switched all my spreadsheets over.

    Not sure if I would pay the $99/yr for iPad access though.

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    for thos iPad lovers out here, I will say this numbers are as good as saying iOS7.x is installed on x% of devices when lots of those that can actually install iOS 7.x do not get the full range of features due to hardware limitations.

    Numbers are just that, numbers.

  • saqrkh

    LOL @ the fuming comments here… FYI there are a lot of Office 365 subscribers who happen to own iPad, the suite makes the most sense for them. It’s just Microsoft trying to please their existing customers by making sure that their software is available on all of the devices they use. Also, the $99/year fee covers 5 PCs (Windows & Mac) plus 5 tablets plus 60 Skype minutes plus 20GB of OneDrive storage. It’s a pretty good deal for the person who wants a full powered productivity suite.

    • alphs22

      People around here are cheapskates. Paying for anything = bad.

    • Shoey5

      That’s because most of them are 12 years old :)

    • saqrkh

      There’s Office Online, it’s free.

  • Walter

    Hey, you want to use office but don’t want to pay $99.99. Just buy a Windows tablet. There problem solved.