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Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited version of its Office suite for iPad, bringing productivity applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Apple's tablet lineup, requiring users to subscribe to its Office 365 service for editing documents.

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Microsoft was quick to emphasize at a media event in San Francisco on Thursday that the new Office for iPad was built from the ground up for Apple's platform. They showcased how documents can be synced to Microsoft's OneDrive cloud service.

Office for iPad will use what Microsoft referred to as a "freemium model," allowing users to install the app view documents, but requiring a subscription to Office 365 to make edits.

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A Thursday's event, Microsoft showed off Word, Excel and PowerPoint, all of which feature the company's trademark "ribbon" menu. Selecting items on the menu will pop up various options for styling and formatting.

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The apps also integrate with one another, as Microsoft showed how an Excel chart can be brought into Word for formatting on charts and images. Excel also features sparkline graphs and a custom keyboard for entering numbers.

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PowerPoint for iPad features transitions and animations between slides, while users can touch and hold on the screen to get a "laser pointer" type of dot on the screen while presenting.

Office for iPad is more full featured than its iPhone counterpart, and Microsoft has pledged full file support with the desktop versions of Office available for both Windows and Mac.




An Office 365 Home Premium subscription required for editing documents runs $99.99 for a full year commitment or $9.99 per month, and allows access on up to five PCs and Macs. Student subscriptions are also available for $79.99 for four years, and are accessible on up to two PCs and Macs. For enterprise users, small business plans start at $5 per user, per month, but access to the desktop versions of Office start at $12.50 per month.

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So I have to 'pay' to edit documents? - might as well stick with iWorks then.

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Good move Microsoft. Make people pay for something they have already found ways to do without.

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That Julia White is easy on the eyes

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post #5 of 105
Off course it will require a subscription. No way Microsoft was paying Apple 30% of anything.
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I'm really pleased about this.  I could just about get away with only taking an iPad with me when I travel, but for the fact that Numbers just doesn't meet my needs in the way Excel does (and, of course, Excel is pretty much the "standard" where I work).

 

Now, if they would just improve Excel for Mac, to make it use multi-core processors, that would be a huge bonus too!

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Interesting move! I didn't know that Apple allows such things.

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Wow, an attractive woman introducing a new Microsoft product and not sweat-soaked Ballmer running around the stage screaming like an unhinged orangutan???

 

**head explodes**

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I wonder if women (or gay men for that matter) feel the need to comment on the attractiveness or otherwise of Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook et al when they do product introductions?

 

The tech world has a long way to go with its treatment of women.......

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I wonder if women (or gay men for that matter) feel the need to comment on the attractiveness or otherwise of Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook et al when they do product introductions?

 

The tech world has a long way to go with its treatment of women.......


If I were a woman (which I'm not), I'd much rather see an attractive man present a new product than Crazy Uncle Ballmer.

 

As a man, I'd much rather see an attractive woman present a new product than Crazy Uncle Ballmer.

 

Also, as a man, I'd much rather see an attractive man present a new product than Crazy Uncle Ballmer.

 

I hope we're not going to turn this into a giant debate about sexism because someone called someone else attractive?  :rolleyes: 

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So I have to 'pay' to edit documents? - might as well stick with iWorks then.

It's called 'iWork' and that would still be the case even if it were Free.

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Just watched the livestream, good presentation. Nadella is such a massive step up from Ballmer. I like the new approach they're taking. I probably won't subscribe to it, but office on the iPad looks very powerful, well thought out, and user friendly. Kudos to them. This pretty much eliminates the #1 bullet point against the iPad, and for Windows Tablets- No Office. Even if noone here wants to admit it, this is pretty major.

Notice they didnt reveal an Android version, and likely never will.
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So over three years, it's actually more expensive than Office used to be. For Enterprise. Nicely done, MS.

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MS is not a choice nor a good solution for us biz guys. It is second best. So, I am not using it because the one cloud chain.
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This sucks.  I'd like to have Office on my iPad / iPhone, but I'm not about to spend money every month in order to have the "honor" of editing documents.  They will not have my sale.  Give me a fixed price and it's mine to use.  Subscription-based software for something that is still a very core item for the enterprise is just not cool.

Thanks, but no thanks.  I'll stick with my Office 2010 (Windows) and Office 2011 (Mac) for the very long foreseeable future.  Microsoft is really shooting itself in the foot with this.  It's no wonder their bread-and-butter software (Windows 8, Office 365) is on the decline.

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Relax Paul. They comment about women in tech because they are as elusive as unicorns.

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So I have to 'pay' to edit documents? - might as well stick with iWorks then.
Yep

I really hope that this stupidity flops for Microsoft. It wouldn't take much more than a couple of years to waste a lot of money with this garbage. In a nut shell $99 a year is a ripoff for software.
post #18 of 105
About time. I'd be instantly in but I don't want to pay a subscription yet. I have a 2010 license for my MacBook (windows) and I love it as is. Will be 5 years before I switch to subscription.
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"The first hit of crack is free"

 

Microsoft always loves the "subscription model"  where they get those regular monthly or annual payments to keep there hooks into and get that regular revenue stream.  They are not the only company that thinks that way - it has become very popular.

 

Personally I don't want a product that requires me to put all my documents up in "the Cloud" on someone else's servers.   It seems harder and harder to find tools that do not require you to be "connected" and give someone else all your data.  

 

Not interested.  

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The only bad part about this is the fact that it is Microsoft. For a company that waited far too long to even bring it to iPad, why would I use the app, knowing that there is a chance it won't be fully supported or updated for that matter.

I hope rather that I'm wrong and they've finally figured out cross-platform.
post #21 of 105
Too late Microsoft, I use iWork and don't need any more softwares. It is a silly idea to pay for a subscription.
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I'd have happily shelled out a £100 for this. No way am I going subscription though.
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I wonder if women (or gay men for that matter) feel the need to comment on the attractiveness or otherwise of Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook et al when they do product introductions?

 

The tech world has a long way to go with its treatment of women.......

 

If the most arduous thing in your day is being complimented on your attractiveness, I'd say you're doing just fine.

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Effing joke.
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There are already compatibility issues between Office for Windows and Mac. I can only imagine the nightmare of compatibility issues we will see on Office for iPad.

 

I have been using Keynote on my Mac and iPad to create lecture presentations. Works great even when I do presentations on the classrooms PC using Chrome web browser.

 

Thank you MS but I am sticking with iWork.

 

PS. Next time MS don't wait years. You have wasted valuable time and people already moved on.

post #26 of 105
This is a "win-win" for both Apple iPad and Microsoft Office.

Anyone hoping for a freebie version of Office will no doubt be disappointed. This is called a "disappointium model" for those folks.
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I wonder if women (or gay men for that matter) feel the need to comment on the attractiveness or otherwise of Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook et al when they do product introductions?

 

The tech world has a long way to go with its treatment of women.......

I wonder if lesbians will feel the need to comment on the attractiveness of Julia White?

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Yeah, I'll pass on Office for the iPad
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Actually I guess I have a soft spot in my heart for crazy uncle Steve...

He personally passed out about 400 (free) copies of Office 3.0 to a Mac user group I was a member of when he came to be a speaker at one of our meetings - Hell, we even had Bill Gates as a speaker at one time.

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I'm assuming that I won't be able to "Edit" documents on my purchased copy of Word, but only via the subscription version - anyone know the facts?
post #30 of 105
100 bucks...a year?! LOL. Piss off.
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That Julia White is easy on the eyes

Anyone is easy on the eyes compared to Balmer.

I guess MS will need to change their W8 commercials.
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The tech world has a long way to go with its treatment of women.......

I don't think commenting about the attractiveness of a woman is treating a woman in a bad way. I don't know too many women that don't like to hear about being considered attractive. It's all about how it's said. Now, that said, if it's said in a sexist manner then that's a different story.

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post #33 of 105

So, if a user already has a 365 sub, purchased prior to downloading the free iPad app, with that sub, when logging in, enable editing? I'm guessing yes, thus bypassing the 30% commission paid to Apple's App store.  Seems like MSFT has a way around the App store commissions unless Apple has done something to prevent this.  

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post #34 of 105
I'd buy it, but I'm certainly NOT subscribing to it.

Subscribing for what? To maybe get bug fixes for bug that shouldn't have been there in the first place? To make sure a company gets money on a perpetual basis like a corporate tax payment for no actual new utility provided, to take them any real incentive to innovate, after all, people pay no matter what?

What if your carpenter wanted money each time you sit down at the table he made?

Pay per use is an euphemism for theft.
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Relax Paul. They comment about women in tech because they are as elusive as unicorns.

Maybe one of the reasons women in tech are as elusive as unicorns is because when they do an outstanding job, the quality of their work is not the thing they are complimented on, it's their appearance.

 

Engineering has a catastrophic problem with recruiting women and it needs to be solved, not ignored.

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The only bad part about this is the fact that it is Microsoft. For a company that waited far too long to even bring it to iPad, why would I use the app, knowing that there is a chance it won't be fully supported or updated for that matter.

 

Don't worry, they certainly have a plan to gimp Office for iOS just as they have intentionally gimped Office for Mac since time began.  Just get the folks in the door first.  Build some dependency.  Then drop the hammer and push them kicking & screaming towards Surface and Windows 9 Super Duper Platinum Professional Edition.

 

A leopard doesn't change its stripes.  Even if it sends its Sweaty & Loud CEO packing.

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Just watched the livestream, good presentation. Nadella is such a massive step up from Ballmer. I like the new approach they're taking. I probably won't subscribe to it, but office on the iPad looks very powerful, well thought out, and user friendly. Kudos to them. This pretty much eliminates the #1 bullet point against the iPad, and for Windows Tablets- No Office. Even if noone here wants to admit it, this is pretty major.

Notice they didnt reveal an Android version, and likely never will.

I agree. I can see corporations buying it in droves at negotiated prices that are lower than advertised prices. (I have no doubt that they'll ultimately come up with some type of student edition pricing sooner than later).

 

From my standpoint, to the extent that it enhances (certainly does not, in any way, detract from) the value of iPads, it's a good thing.

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Relax Paul. They comment about women in tech because they are as elusive as unicorns.

But comments like that -- and how it is perceived by women for what it betrays -- might also help explain why they're as elusive as unicorns in tech...

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Subscription-based? Cloud-based? Always online? No, thanks - irrelevant news, to say the least.

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Interesting move! I didn't know that Apple allows such things.

As long as it is not an in-app purchase or a link to an external website to purchase the subscription, they probably comply with Apple's restrictions. Most likely depends on what sort of message is in the application to inform users that they need a 365 subscription in order to edit documents.

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