Microsoft Office For iPad To Launch This MonthDale Wright
Last month, we reported that Microsoft was working on bringing its Office software package to the iPad in the first half of 2014. It seems that Microsoft wants to fast-track the launch of that software, as rumors suggest that Office for iPad is due for an announcement before the end of March.
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella ha announced his first press event as head of the company for March 27, expected to have a heavy focus on cloud and mobile and to announce some major news. Sources part of the event have reported to The Verge that Office for iPad will be debuted at the event, ahead of Microsoft’s Build conference in April.
Office for iPad is likely to popular among iOS fans, but it could also represent the direction that Nadella has in mind for Microsoft. When he was first named CEO, Nadella hinted that his focus would be on software and digital, rather than on hardware. The launch of Office for iPad seems to agree with that, with further strategy plans set be announced at Microsoft’s Build conference.
To get an idea of what Office for iPad will look like, it’s expected to be pretty much the same as the Office for iPhone package, released last June. The package features document viewing, creation, and editing support for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and these are probably the same programs we’ll see on Office for iPad.
It will be free to download, but you’ll need an Office 365 subscription if you want to be able to edit or create documents, costing $100 per year, or £79.99 in the UK. For the subscription fee, you can use Office on a combination of up to five PCs or Macs, as well as on up to five iPhones. The iPads usage will be probably be added alongside the iPhones, but it’s still a pretty good deal.