Microsoft to release Office for iPad this month

“Satya Nadella is planning to host his first press event as Microsoft CEO next week,” Tom Warren reports for The Verge.

“he software maker has been inviting members of the media to a special cloud- and mobile-focused event in San Francisco on March 27th,” Warren reports. “Nadella is expected to discuss Microsoft’s “mobile first, cloud first” strategy, and there will be some major news ahead of the company’s Build conference in early April.”

“Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the event will mark the introduction of Office for iPad,” Warren reports. “We understand the iPad variant of Office will be similar to the iPhone version, and will require an Office 365 subscription for editing. We’re told that document creation and editing is fully supported for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. Overall, the interface and features are expected to be similar to the existing iPhone version.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If it’s anything like the current, putrid Orifice for iPhone, it’ll flop harder than Ballmer sweat.

Related articles:
NY Times’ Pogue: Microsoft’s Office Mobile for iPhone is very little, very late – June 19, 2013
Microsoft releases Office Mobile for iPhone via Apple App Store – June 14, 2013


  1. I tried using iWork for iOS 7 on my iPad & iPhone and man does it suck. Everything is flattened like Hurricane Sandy ran through the user interface. If you need the definition of ugly definitely take a look at iOS 7.

    They took something that was usable in iOS 6 and made it look like Rachel Bilson’s ugly stepsister.

    1. Well, as you may or may not recall, the latest version of iWork was modified to deliver parity of function on all devices, including web (opening it up to non Apple device users). I think those that were power users of the iWork apps DO have a reason to be cross, but I think this is one more example where Apple has taken a step back for the purpose of laying a new, more substantial, foundation for further development. Like the Final Cut Pro episode, the features the power users love/need/want are most likely being added back in as we speak. As frustrating as it is, it is a long term approach that others (Microsoft / Adobe) could have benefited from to modernize their platforms and strip out the bloat of legacy code and patchwork fixes.

      1. Are you actually trying to explain anything to that belly crawling troll? Save your time Spark.

        I’m beginning to think this clown is BLN trying a new routine after getting bored with his old schtick.

      2. Hehe..this same troll is the one that replies to EVERY article about Apple here and then starts bashing the UI of iOS as soon as humanly possible. Don’t waste your time.

      3. Spark… I am not a power user. Somewhere in the “medium” range. And I am intensely displeased with the crippling of Pages. I really don’t want to wait a sizable percentage of the rest of my working life for Pages to get back to where it was.

        I’d love to know how many people actually work on their iWork documents between a regular computer and an iPad. Is it such a signification percentage that it’s worth going so far backwards? I doubt it. Doesn’t, as far as I know, apply to a single one of my business colleagues who use Mac.

  2. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
    Either MS offers Office free for iOS–no more cash cow.
    Or they pay Apple 30% commission.
    Either way they can never charge absurd amounts for Office again.

        1. Not sure. I think as long as the app doesn’t link to or make any transactions from within the app there’s not a lot it can be rejected for. Requiring a login is not worthy of rejection, if Apple reject it for that it would be silly. Microsoft wouldn’t accept paying 30% to Apple. While iWork does everything I need, Numbers is not a replacement for Excel for most business so it’s in Apples best interest to get Office in the iPad

          1. If MS goes the Office365 route, they are still missing the point. People don’t want to pay $5 – $15 per month to have an app on their iPad.
            This setup only appeals to people who already have Office. MS will capture no new customers or profit.

  3. Ballmer trashed an entire conference room and threw chairs at a group of interns trying to stop this. Looks like the temper tantrum tactic didn’t work this time however.

    1. It would appear there’s a new leader at M$ – one who at least realizes there might be money to be made off of iOS users. Too bad for M$ the previous “leader” decided to battle against his competition, and all iOS users, instead of realizing there are a lot of us here he could make some money off of. Ballmer is the main reason so many of us have a dislike for M$, and his stupidity caused Apple to step up and make a better product than M$ could, or would, deliver.

    1. Agree, I use Pages exclusively now. I just wish they’d be more aggressive with updates and adding needed features. Not being able to move pages around in multi-page documents is kind of a drag as I found out tonight. Not that I couldn’t make a work-around, but if I had to talk any of my relatives through it, they’d be completely confused.

  4. As CEO, Steve Ballmer held back Mac and iOS versions of Office in order to spur uptake of Windows-branded hardware through exclusivity. New CEO Nadella has digested the evidence that this strategy hasn’t worked, either with OEMs or with their own Surface offerings. He’ll be inclined to take a device-agnostic line in promoting their productivity software, particularly as he sees subscriptions and the cloud as replacing their desktop Windows licencing revenues going forward. What this means is that individual Windows licences dramatically shrink in importance to Microsoft’s bottom line. They can continue to contribute through contracts supporting enterprise deployments, but Nadella has experienced temblors in the postmodern tech landscape, and knows more are coming.

    1. Indeed, who does really.

      How many enterprises, government whatever huge environment run a version of office\windows less than 10 years old anyway with no intention to move forward.

      MS will never let those grubby contracts go because they update to whatever garbage they want to shove down customers throats.

      I have no need for my mac, iPhone or iPad that Microsoft supplies a solution for that isn’t performed by another vender.

      I won’t mention their hardware except to say they make a couple of ok mice and keyboards.

      1. Whoops,

        “MS will never let those grubby contracts go because they update to whatever garbage they want to shove down customers throats.”

        Should read :

        Indeed, who does really.

        “MS will never let those grubby contracts go because they WON’T update to whatever garbage they want to shove down customers throats.


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