Office for iPad being prepared for launch

We've been talking about the possible launch of Office for iPad for months, with various rumours of an appearance coming and going. Then coming and going again. There was even an alleged hands-on last year, but once again, it never materialised. But now, it seems that the wait might finally be over. Well, almost.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed that the company is planning to bring Office to the iPad with a touch user interface. At a Gartner event in Florida, Ballmer said: 'iPad will be picked up when... there's a touch first user interface.'

That seems to indicate a touch version appearing on the Windows version of Office first, with the iPad edition to follow once that has launched. That touch interface is apparently 'in progress'.

Microsoft is certainly keen to get this done. Insiders have confirmed that the company 'need to own the productivity experience across all devices', which makes sense in terms of sales. Things have changed and Microsoft needs to look elsewhere to boost opts bottom line. It can't just rely on Windows devices.

It's unclear if Microsoft's Office for iPad app will require an Office 365 subscription like the iPhone version, but that's very likely when it does finally launch.

Source: The Verge

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