Apple takes their usual 30% cut of Microsoft’s Office for iPad subscriptions

“While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple’s policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism and hand over 30 percent of that revenue to Apple,” Ina Fried reports for Re/code.

“Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code,” Fried reports. “Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.”

“Meanwhile, on Twitter, both CEOs were playing nice-nice,” Fried reports. “‘Welcome to the iPad and AppStore,’ Cook said in a tweet. Nadella replied in a tweet of his own: ‘Thanks @tim_cook, excited to bring the magic of @Office to iPad customers.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ah, the “magic” of overpriced bloatware.

Smart users will continue to use Apple’s iWork which is free, not hobbled in order to force unending subscription fees, and works seamlessly across iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Web browsers.

In related news, clueless UBS analyst Steven Milunovich claimed Thursday, “We do not expect Apple to take a cut from Microsoft.”

Nothing like talking out of your ass, huh? An particular specialty of far too many “analysts.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “MotivDev” and “Rayzor” for the heads up.]

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  1. In 1997 Apple needed Microsoft Office for its survival. That was one part of the plan envisioned by Jobs . Now it is Microsoft who needs to deliver Office to the Apple users to stay relevant. The tide has turned indeed .

  2. And the first reviews are in. VentureBeat says that the MS Office iOS apps are difficult to work with and takes more effort to generate a document than it’s worth in terms of time spent.

    The main reason being too many steps required to achieve simple tasks in word processing and MS modified the standard iOS keyboard so that it became less intuitive to the reviewer.

    Teething problems I expect.

  3. My sis bought a new mac and bought Microsoft office. She can’t install even after calling tech support. I told her iWork is free!! She promptly asked for a refund.

  4. I have no intention of buying MS Office for my Mac or iPad/iPhone however, if my boss wants to spend $100 per year to be able to install Office, including PP and Access, on my Mac, Corporate win 7 laptop, iPad and iPhone then that seems like a good deal. When that one overly formatted logically incomprehensible form in Excel that should be an PDF form, we get from a client that ABSOLUTELY has to be filled out RIGHT now, it will be cost effective to have Excel on the iPad. 🙂

  5. Personally I think Microsoft should phase out pretty much every product they sell, relaunch the Trackball Explorer and become a niche maker of mice and trackball products.

  6. You people are living in fantasyland if you think you can get by in most large companies using only iWork. I’ve tried. It’s impossible. MS Orifice is a necessary evil and things are not changing anytime soon as long as stupid IT drones exist. I need MS to continue developing this bloated mess for the Mac and I guarantee you I’m not alone.

  7. Just read “Uncle Walt’s” first comments about word for iPad and he said word “can’t” print. How dumb is that?

    I guess no one at MS had an “AirPrint” printer. Silly me I was thinking bringing up a word document on the iPad and quickly printing it in the exact MS format would be one of the most useful features.

    $5 says it isn’t comparable with iCloud either. Stupidity.

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