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A report on Monday claims Microsoft's long-awaited Office for iPad may hit the App Store as soon as Mar. 27, as CEO Satya Nadella is expected to announce the app during a scheduled "mobile first, cloud first" press event next week.

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Citing sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, The Verge reports the Redmond, Wash., company will likely introduce Office for iPad at an upcoming event scheduled to take place in San Francisco on Mar. 17.

The event will be the first time Nadella will take the stage since being named CEO. Aside from the rumored Office for iPad announcement, Nadella will discuss Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" strategy.

As for the app itself, not much has been revealed, though some have speculated the software will be based on the operation of Microsoft's Office Mobile, which was released in June of 2013 as a companion to Office 365. The iPad app is also expected to require a subscription to Microsoft's cloud-based Office strategy, though the exact details and functionality have yet to be laid out.

The reveal will come weeks before Microsoft's Build conference, where the company is expected to outline Windows Phone 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update. A preview of Windows 9 may also be part of Build, though nothing has been officially confirmed.

On Monday, Microsoft released the cloud-based collaboration tool OneNote for Mac, effectively adding support for Apple's entire ecosystem. The app has been available on iOS for some time.

Update: ZDNet is also citing its own sources as saying Office for iPad will hit the App Store before the end of March. The publication notes the Mar. 27 event would be a good time for such an announcement.
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I hate subscriptions. If it's decent & priced at a reasonable price point of sub £50 I'll buy it.
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I predict it will be a subscription model at $9.95 per month.

 

It will compete against Google's cloud offerings, and Apple's app/cloud offerings, which are free.

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Well March 27th is the start of MacWorld in SF - so yes that would be a good time to make the announcement....
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office 365? god I hope not. I don't think we really need to rent a spreadsheet do we?
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Huh? Subscription-based shit? Irrelevant news, to say the least.
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1) I don't know if MS is on the right track now but if this is real I applaud it because it's change.

2) I assume MS will give these apps away but require a login with a paid subscription from their site for this to work, this way they can avoid paying Apple 30%.

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I predict it will be a subscription model at $9.95 per month.

It will compete against Google's cloud offerings, and Apple's app/cloud offerings, which are free.

If they can offer features that make it value added service for the Enterprise this could be quite profitable for MS.

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1) I don't know if MS is on the right track now but if this is real I applaud it because it's change.

2) I assume MS will give these apps away but require a login with a paid subscription from their site for this to work, this way they can avoid paying Apple 30%.
If they can offer features that make it value added service for the Enterprise this could be quite profitable for MS.

Yep.  I agree.

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Any Office for iPad with a subscription service will be DOA. So many companies are sticking with older, non-subscription versions of office because the new pricing model sucks. Hopefully this new CEO won't make such a dumb mistake like the previous ape did.

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It will compete against Google's cloud offerings, and Apple's app/cloud offerings, which are free.

 

Google being "free" of course in a "our bots will crawl your documents non-stop for data which will help us sell advertising that targets you" sorta way.

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I think the Office365 subscription model is great. For $100 a year, you can install it on up to 5 different Windows or Mac computers. If you have a family with kids in school, it's a phenomenal deal.

I expect the announcement will be that this service is being extended to the iPad.

And let's face it, Apple's iWork apps don't support all the file types that the MS Office Suite does. And sometimes those are required by other applications you have to interface with.
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I am sure it will require a subscription. Not sure what I will do. I love iWork and iCloud sync. The only reason I would consider it is the fact I can get 4 years if it for $80 with a .edu email.
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Any Office for iPad with a subscription service will be DOA. So many companies are sticking with older, non-subscription versions of office because the new pricing model sucks. Hopefully this new CEO won't make such a dumb mistake like the previous ape did.

Office 365 is already a billion-dollar business and one of MS' fastest growing services so I'm not convinced it's DOA.  Maybe among people who "hang out" at Apple rumor sites, sure but for people outside of that, I don't think so.  But time will tell.

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I predict it will be a subscription model at $9.95 per month.

 

It will compete against Google's cloud offerings, and Apple's app/cloud offerings, which are free.

Did you figure that out all by yourself, or did you just look at Microsoft's website for Office 365 Subscription pricing?

 

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/compare-microsoft-office-products-FX104165233.aspx?WT%2Emc%5Fid=PS%5Fgoogle%5FO365Comm%5Foffice365%5FText&WT%2Eintid1=ODC%5FENUS%5FFX101785584%5FXT104187042

 

The software requires a subscription to the existing Office 365 product.  If you are a student, you can "rent" the software for $79.99 for four years.  If not, you "rent" the software for $9.99 a month.  So you predicted nothing.  Apple's offerings are only free if you buy a new Mac, since last Fall.  Owners of existing Macs must pay $19.99 per app, but you don't have to rent them.

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Office 365 is already a billion-dollar business and one of MS' fastest growing services so I'm not convinced it's DOA.  Maybe among people who "hang out" at Apple rumor sites, sure but for people outside of that, I don't think so.  But time will tell.

You forgot to add, in addition to those that hang out on mediocre Apple rumor sites, those that live in their mom's basement playing video games all day.

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I’m thinking back to the days when people thought Apple couldn’t survive without Office on the Mac. Fast forward seventeen years and today some people think Office can’t survive without the Mac and iOS. Holy cow.

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If there's a decent education rate, I'll give it a second look. I'm still not sure I'll buy it. Apple has DRAMATICALLY improved iWork, in my view, and among other things, the result is that I can get through consecutive classes in teaching, using Keynote slides, with just the battery -- something that would have been unthinkable with iWork 09 with the applications hammering the processor and keeping the computer at 65 degrees Celsius.

I really want to see Microsoft converge Office as much as possible between iOS and Mac and make it more crash proof. It just cost me yet another four hours work yesterday and today.
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Google being "free" of course in a "our bots will crawl your documents non-stop for data which will help us sell advertising that targets you" sorta way.

LOL!

Free in the nice way that rape is free, you reckon?

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Free in the nice way that rape is free, you reckon?
 

 

Brilliant!  Competitors should start using that line in the marketing materials.  "Google Stuff: Free...Like Rape!"

 

Seriously, I don't understand why more companies don't go after Google's creepy business model.  Microsoft gave a half-hearted effort with the Scroogled campaign, but someone really needs to bring the hammer down.

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LOL!

Free in the nice way that rape is free, you reckon?

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This should be very interesting.  

First off all I am sure businesses will buy it for compatibility reasons.

Let's see how compatible feature for feature it will be to desktop office.

It will probably not support iCloud in favor of xDrive which a negative for me.

I don't see how it can beat iWorks' UI and feature set.

 

Time will tell.

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At least this rumor has an expiration date. I wish they all had one.

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Putting the most used doc creator on the most used tablet. It really took too long. Win based mobile devices didn't take so this is the next step and good thing. I personally won't buy or rent it as I really don't/won't use it on my iPad but I'll guess we'll find out soon what the price for office convenience is.
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I think the Office365 subscription model is great. For $100 a year, you can install it on up to 5 different Windows or Mac computers. If you have a family with kids in school, it's a phenomenal deal.

I expect the announcement will be that this service is being extended to the iPad.

And let's face it, Apple's iWork apps don't support all the file types that the MS Office Suite does. And sometimes those are required by other applications you have to interface with.

There's no way that children need Office! And iWork is infinitely cheaper.
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Brilliant!  Competitors should start using that line in the marketing materials.  "Google Stuff: Free...Like Rape!"

 

Seriously, I don't understand why more companies don't go after Google's creepy business model.  Microsoft gave a half-hearted effort with the Scroogled campaign, but someone really needs to bring the hammer down.


Google: Don't be evil

 

Because spying isn't evil.

 

It's just creepy. XP

 

Actually, if you think about it, their business of selling your information is sort of like slave trading....

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I already have an Office 365 subscription so I'm hoping the apps are free for the iPad.

 

Given the differing strategies that Microsoft and Apple have, I think Microsoft may consider every installation on iOS as one of the 5 computers the subscription can be used on. If that is the case, it is limiting, but considering that's how MS makes its money, I won't be surprised.

 

What I am concerned about is what happens going forward. MS are notorious of being very unhelpful when you want to legitimately uninstall their software on one machine and use it on a new one. Will this happen with iOS as well? Will they allow me to uninstall it from my Air and install it on my next iPad without counting it as another installation from the allowed 5?

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Any Office for iPad with a subscription service will be DOA. So many companies are sticking with older, non-subscription versions of office because the new pricing model sucks. Hopefully this new CEO won't make such a dumb mistake like the previous ape did.

 

Have you two Canadians met...???  One of you gets it....

 

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Office 365 is already a billion-dollar business and one of MS' fastest growing services so I'm not convinced it's DOA.  Maybe among people who "hang out" at Apple rumor sites, sure but for people outside of that, I don't think so.  But time will tell.

 

Actually I'm opposed to "software as a service" ...but a) compared to Adobe's extortion level sub-only prices and b) if you have an Office using family a screaming bargain by comparison...

Meanwhile, I've read two articles on this on Apple sites, and neither mentioned something that's SCREAMINGLY obvious:  Touch Office is coming out on the iPAD before it comes out on ANY MS device.... (PC's, Surfaces, whatever) (and when Win 8 never should've been released - over two years ago now without the native Metro productivity apps it STILL doesn't have, while Apple will....)

This has to be a first and a meaningful "tip o' the hat" in Apple's direction....
 

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 Office for iPad, code-named Miramar, is looking increasingly likely to make it to market ahead of Microsoft's touch-first version of Office (code-named Gemini), as I've blogged previously.

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And it also shows that Nadella is likely no Ballmer, and that's a good thing for everyone.  On the planet.

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Any Office for iPad with a subscription service will be DOA. So many companies are sticking with older, non-subscription versions of office because the new pricing model sucks. Hopefully this new CEO won't make such a dumb mistake like the previous ape did.

Dumb? Microsoft is getting their asses kicked since 01, by Apple and recently Google. Despite all that, they had record profits recently. It isn't dumb. The ones that will buy are the ones that are dumb. MS is genius.

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Actually, if you think about it, their business of selling your information is sort of like slave trading....

 

Or pimping.  But people will do anything for subsidized hardware/free software, right?

 

Scary.

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I think the Office365 subscription model is great. For $100 a year, you can install it on up to 5 different Windows or Mac computers. If you have a family with kids in school, it's a phenomenal deal.

I expect the announcement will be that this service is being extended to the iPad.

And let's face it, Apple's iWork apps don't support all the file types that the MS Office Suite does. And sometimes those are required by other applications you have to interface with.

 

In all the years I've been in the professional world doing IT, which goes back to when Clinton was first elected, I can count on the fingers of both hands how many times I've needed some other file type...and often it was one that MS didn't support in Office (WordPerfect and Works), and today, 2014, those different file types have been shot with a silver bullet, staked, and beheaded.

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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
At least this rumor has an expiration date. I wish they all had one.

 

They do, but most are soft rather than hard.

 

The 2.5” iPhone, for example, had a soft expiration date, as did the Apple HDTV. 

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I know of enterprise level customers in higher ed who have switched from in house email to Office 365 - in part because it removes the need for them to owns and operate the hardware and server licenses etc required to run your own Exchange farm for 40,000+ students and faculty. Plus it allows the students to take their email address with them when they leave without that cost being carried by the institution. 

I do not know anything about the licensing or pricing aspects of it but it is a good example of the pay for only what you need idea behind "the cloud" 

I know of another smaller institution who recently upgraded their IT infrastructure and are continuing to use Exchange as it is only a small part of a larger VMware farm at their campus of several thousand users. 

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deactivating is easy. Login to Office.com and select manage installs. You can even share your installations under other email accounts.

Another point people are missing with the subscription to Office 365 (especially for small business) is that you don't have to buy servers and pay for managed IT, Microsoft host everything for you. And for the home user, you are not stuck with Office 2013, under the subscription you also get the newest version when they come out. (This has been happening in the Videogame community for years as you pay a monthly subscription, but you don't have to worry about expansions)

Again, iCloud integration would make live much easier, but well see if that happens.

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Excel and Access are the only two programs in that suite that are relevant to Mac/iOS Users. Access is more niche and less desired by the majority of Mac/iOS users.

Excel could get $100 a year from me without question for my iPad or Mac. When you are a craftsman, you try to use the best tool for the job. Excel is just that for those of use in business. It is the best tool for the job.
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Well March 27th is the start of MacWorld in SF - so yes that would be a good time to make the announcement....

Wait... I thought MacWorld was always in January... did they change it?
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Wait... I thought MacWorld was always in January... did they change it?

 

Without Apple, they don’t really have a solid market.

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Without Apple, they don’t really have a solid market.

But they've had Macworld for the last 3 years without Apple.

I was just wondering why they changed the date.
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