Microsoft Launches Office for Apple’s iPad

After a long delay, Microsoft has finally brought Office to the iPad. Office is up on the Apple App Store and provides users with the familiar comforts of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Outlook is not included. It’s also worth noting that, while the app can be downloaded for free to view documents, an Office 365 subscription is required to create or edit files.

The announcement marked the first public event for new CEO Satya Nadella, who provided some insight into why Microsoft has taken years to bring one its most popular pieces of software to Apple’s tablet. “We’ve been obviously working on this for a while,” Nadella said. “The thing we wanted to get most right was the combination of what I would call the combination of the app, the enterprise architecture, the developer APIs, and then marry it with the device and what you expect from the device.”

The release also marks a departure from the old Microsoft’s reluctance to step outside of its own Windows operating system. Instead of using Office as a way to sell Microsoft’s own Surface tablets, the plan is to sell Office by itself. While the iPad does already have alternatives to Office, the hope is that the familiarity and widespread use of Microsoft’s software, particularly in business environments, will spur sales.

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