We all know that Microsoft is working on a Office suite for Apple iPad. As iPad sales is increasing quarter by quarter among consumers and enterprise, Microsoft is missing millions in revenue by not having Office for iPad. It was previously rumored that Microsoft is planning to delay Office for iPad release in favor of Windows. Because, the touch first version of Office is coming only in late 2014 or early 2015. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Office for iPad might be released sooner than previously expected as Microsoft top executives have given approval for Office team to release Office for iPad as soon as it gets ready.
But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year. According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK’d the suggestion by the Office team that they’d bring Office for iPad to market as soon as it was ready, even though that would likely mean before the Windows 8 version. I’m hearing that new date for Office for iPad is some time in the first half of calendar 2014. (My sources last summer were hearing Office for iPad wouldn’t debut until Fall 2014.)
I still haven’t heard exactly how Microsoft will make Office for iPad available. I’ve heard it’s likely to require some kind of Office 365 subscription (either corporate or Home Premium, depending on the use case).
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