Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: MS Office Coming to the iPad

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OK, there’s not much to this one yet – but if it proves accurate this will be very exciting news. The Daily’s Word on the Street section reports that Microsoft Office may soon be coming to the iPad.

According to sources, the tech giant is actively working on adapting its popular software suite for Apple’s tablet. With the iPad making up over 80 percent of the tablet market and millions of people worldwide using Office, that could mean big bucks for the tech giant based in Redmond, Wash.

Though this would take away a unique selling point for Windows 8 tablets (if they ever make it to market) it would also be a very smart move for Microsoft I think. I’m not sure they’re ever going to catch up and be a major force in the smartphone and tablet arena in terms of hardware – but there will be huge demand for their Office suite on the iPad, especially if they price it well. If they price it at around the same level as Apple’s iWork suite for iOS ($9.99 per each app) I would imagine they will be best selling apps.

I’m not an Office user anymore and Pages, Numbers, and Keynote work just fine for me when I do need Office-like capabilities. How about you guys? Would you like to see MS Office come to the iPad?

Via: everythingiCafe

Patrick Jordan

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6 thoughts on “Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: MS Office Coming to the iPad”

  1. Yes, this would be a much needed addition to my Ipad for work. I have Office2 HD, and it works good but is not a fully functioning version of Microsoft Office, please hurry Microsoft. The Ipad is fast becoming a staple in the business community, from taking notes, having access to email, and the internet, real time is a huge time saver. When I go to conferences or meetings now, Ipads come out all over the place.

  2. It’s a smart move by Microsoft (albeit a bit late), but I’m perfectly happy with DocsToGo on my iPad. I’ve had no problems working with Office(tm) documents on it.

  3. As you guys have mentioned, Office will have some good competition – from apps like Docs to Go, Office2 HD, QuickOffice, and the very capable Apple iWork apps.

  4. I would love to have REAL Office apps. I have tried all the others now available. Not one of them successfully translates PowerPoint or Excel files. Not even close!

  5. If this rumors are true then it would be a smart move to Microsoft to put Office to the iOS. I’m using my iPad daily for taking notes and using MS Office whenever I do my documents. I never used iWork and Docs To Go because I’ve read a lot of feedbacks regarding to stability and the limited features that are not offered to the mobile office. I hope that Microsoft will also use the iCloud service for storing or saving my files online.

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