Microsoft Office for iPad Coming in 2014?Dale Wright
iPad might be the choice of tablet for many tech customers, but it’s difficult to match the Microsoft Surface for productivity applications. That could be set to change pretty soon though, as Microsoft is rumored to be working on an iPad version of its Office software suite.
Microsoft Office is pretty much unparalleled in terms of productivity software, and Apple fans have long been looking forward to an iPad version of the suite. Office for iPhone launched last June, and now it seems that it will come to Apple’s tablets too – and within the first half of 2014.
Office for iPad – codenamed Miramar – was previously expected to launch a little after Microsoft’s first touch version of the software for Windows 8. The ‘Gemini’ touch Office version is rumored for a summer launch, which would pin Office for iPad down for an autumn release. However, these new rumors seem to confirm that we’ll see it a little sooner than that. Microsoft apparently wants to get applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote onto the iPad as soon as it’s ready, and that will be in the first half of this year.
There’s been no word yet on how much the Office for iPad suite will cost. However, we could get a good idea from Office for iPhone, which requires an Office 365 subscription. Office 365 Home Premium costs $100 per year, or £79.99 in the UK. For that fee, you get to use Office on a combination of up to five PCs or Macs, as well as on up to five iPhones. The Office for iPad suite would probably be a similar deal, with files saving to Microsoft’s cloud storage OneDrive.
We’re still waiting on official confirmation of these rumors, and we could be waiting for a little while yet. However, it seems that Office for iPad is coming this year, so we’ll follow the updates closely.