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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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33 months ago
huge

This will accelerate adoption of the iPad in the corporate world.
Rating: 49 Votes
33 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. :)
Rating: 33 Votes
33 months ago
I haven't used Office since iWork came out. Well, a few years later, actually. I am curious why anyone still uses Office. The only palpable reason I read from anyone recently was because of higher functions in Excel which lacks in Numbers. The Entourage program is also said to handle larger amounts of mail better. Since I do nothing more than basic spreadsheets, I would have no awareness of Excel, and I don't handle 10,000+ mails a year (not counting junk mail).

Office's Word seems so bloated and antiquated next to Pages, though.

If people want to pay a lot more for the MS version, good for them. It just strikes me odd that many people still cling to Word at this time.

Looking back, I am amazed how much emphasis was put on office people knowing/learning Word and Excel. You can learn the basic function in 30 minutes and most of the rest in another hour, then working and referencing will make you a pro in no time.



... this will be good for those students who are required to submit their papers and other projects in microsoft format.

Uh, yeah. You do know that PAGES and NUMBERS output to the MS file formats, right?

I went back to university 4 years ago and they wanted MS format. I just used Pages and put it out as a MS OFFICE file (.doc) and they never knew the diff. Most professors just want a format and a file type. You can do that with Pages. They don't need to know what program you used, unless you are in a class that is training you on the specific software, or the school is getting kickback from MS.
Rating: 27 Votes
33 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: 26 Votes
33 months ago
Where are they going to put the 16 rows of toolbar buttons? This should be a portrait-only app!
Rating: 22 Votes
33 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: 15 Votes
33 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: 15 Votes
33 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
33 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: 13 Votes
33 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: 12 Votes

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