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Microsoft Office on iPad Spotted, Coming Soon to App Store

The Daily claims to have had hands-on time with a working prototype of a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad (via TheVerge). The Daily had previously reported that Microsoft was actively working on bringing Microsoft Office to the iPad.


The version (pictured above) is said to allow the creation and editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files both locally and online.
A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.
They claim the app will soon be submitted to Apple for App Store approval. Notably, a version of Android is "not in the works" according to the same source.

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37 months ago
huge

This will accelerate adoption of the iPad in the corporate world.
Rating: 49 Votes
37 months ago
Great news for any iPad user All of the current "Office" type offering (perhaps with the exception of Apple's iWork) are pretty bad.

I am hoping that Microsoft will get file compatibility right between desktop and iOS versions of Office. This will be big.
Rating: 13 Votes
37 months ago
What's next? Windows 8 for iPad?? :eek:

I kid, I kid... this is gonna be huge, expect massive corporate adoption when this lands on the App Store.
Rating: 13 Votes
37 months ago
Where are they going to put the 16 rows of toolbar buttons? This should be a portrait-only app!
Rating: 13 Votes
37 months ago

Pretty big and even bigger if this uses iCloud for storage. If the new version of Office for Mac can autosave to iCloud and offer seamless access to files I'll be upgrading shortly. :)


I have this sneaky feeling about SkyDrive...
Rating: 13 Votes
37 months ago
Good for them, but I will stick with Pages and the rest of iWork for my personal needs.

Besides the corporate world, this will be good for those students who are required to submit their papers and other projects in microsoft format.
Rating: 12 Votes
37 months ago
Weird to say I'm excited about this, but... yes, I'm excited about Microsoft Word.

(What has this world come to.)
Rating: 11 Votes
37 months ago
MS has ALWAYS been a software company first. Their best software in the industry is Microsoft Office. Not only is MS Office a standard, many in the business world believe its a must-have with no alternative (see this (http://minimalmac.com/post/17758177061/microsofts-biggest-miss) too). The last thing MS wants is for folks to think they can "get things done" without Microsoft Office. The absence of Microsoft Office on iPad and iPhone has started to make folks think they can do without Office. I believe that this is why we saw OneNote come to iOS last year Given Microsoft's support of the Mac with Office, I would not be surprised for iPad support as well (in fact I hope for it too).

I don't think you will see a version of Office for Android tablets anytime soon, if ever. But Office on the iPad can also be used as a way to get folks accustomed to the Metro interface to possibly influence the purchase of their next phone as well.

I would definitely buy this app if it opened MS Office without losing information. It still bugs me that I can create documents in Keynote and Pages for Mac and find the files cannot be opened as-is on the iPad.
Rating: 11 Votes
37 months ago
ipad 3 Launch app ?
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago

Haha, why would M$ waste it's time making an Android version? Microsoft gives respect where it's due by making Office for the iPad. :)


M$, really, how old are you?
Rating: 9 Votes

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