“A top Microsoft Corp executive side-stepped questions on Tuesday about any plans the software maker may have to bring its Office suite of applications to Apple Inc’s iPad,” Reuters reports.

“”We don’t take it from the point of view, ‘Do we need to have the PC software that’s running on every single device?,’ we look very much at ‘What is the experience that we are looking to have on those devices,'” said Kurt DelBene, head of Microsoft’s Office unit, asked about Office on the iPad at the Morgan Stanley technology investor conference in San Francisco, which was Webcast,” Reuters reports. “DelBene, who took over leadership of Office from Stephen Elop who left to lead phone maker Nokia in 2010, did not directly address putting native versions of Office applications on the iPad, a subject Microsoft has steered clear of in public.”

“Microsoft does offer native iOS versions of some Office applications, including its OneNote note-sharing software, Lync communication suite and SharePoint collaboration site, as well as its SkyDrive online storage service,” Reuters reports. “But the more than 100 million iPad owners, many of whom want to bring their devices to work, have to use the limited online versions of desktop staples Word, Excel and PowerPoint.”

MacDailyNews Take: Wrong, as usual, Reuters: iPad users can use iOS-native Pages (US$9.99), Numbers ($9.99) and Keynote ($9.99). Microsoft’s bloated, over-priced, insecure Office is far from the only game in town, despite what Microsoft and idiotic media outlets want the ignorati to believe.

Reuters reports, “Asked by one investor at the conference when he would be able to use Excel on his iPad, DelBene instead pointed the questioner toward Microsoft’s own Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets and urged him to use Web-based versions of Office apps.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We like your strategy, Microsoft. We like it a lot:

Good Technology’s Q4 2012 Device Activation Report

That’s right, that pink color you see for “Windows Mobile Tablet” appears only in the graph’s key. Sales numbers are too small for anything to appear in the actual chart. Have fun selling your 12 copies of Office for tablets, you perpetual idiots.