Microsoft Office for iPad Reportedly In the Works – Coming Soon!
Microsoft is readying to bring a newer version of its highly successful Office suite to Apple’s iPad, the report comes from the Daily. The iPad needs help with mobile productivity, and Microsoft may be the savior to fill that void. Microsoft is reportedly working and could deliver Office on the iPad with less risk of cannibalizing sales of full-fledged/full priced versions, and set up to go head to head with Apple’s own iWork suite of productivity apps, MS Office would bring Microsoft’s Word, Excel and Powerpoint to the tablet that is undoubtedly number one in its field.
Currently, the only tablets that can even think about running Microsoft Office are Windows tablets, and until Windows 8 launches, better to say less about those Tab.
Bringing the world’s favorite suite of productivity apps to iOS would also coincide with a set of updated apps built for Mac OS X Lion as well, according to the report. The Windows version of Office is also due a refresh. In the case of Office, Microsoft hasn’t made the full version of its PC productivity suite available on any platforms beyond the Mac, then what?
According to the Daily, the apps would retail for around $10 each, which would bring them in line with similar Office-like apps on the App store those comes from Apple itself in the form of the iWork suite. Microsoft already has apps on Apple’s online software store, but getting the apps into hands to the public wouldn’t be difficult.
What the Daily reports say; Microsoft’s Office is the company’s second highest revenue generator behind only Windows, making it patently obvious why bringing the collection of applications to the iOS platforms would make a great deal of sense.
If Microsoft does bring Office to iOS then it will once again open the debate whether the iPad is a viable machine for creating content on. With its on-screen touch-based keyboard; the iPad has proven to be an adequate machine for editing files on the fly.
The Daily’s report also claims Microsoft is planning to charge $10 or so for its Office apps in order to compete with Apple’s own Pages, Numbers and Keynote products. If that’s the case, that will be more of a surprise. Office Web Apps are free, but Office isn’t.