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About 24 hours after debuting on the iOS App Store, Microsoft's Office for iPad productivity suite has taken over the first three Top Free Apps seats, with the fourth going to the redesigned OneNote.

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It appears pent-up demand for an iPad version of Microsoft's productivity suite has propelled all three Office for iPad apps -- Microsoft Word for iPad, Microsoft Excel for iPad and Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad -- to the top of Apple's iOS App Store for iPad. Microsoft introduced the apps on Thursday.

As seen in the above image, the three Microsoft apps top the list for free iPad downloads, with Word in first, Excel in second and PowerPoint in third. The redesigned OneNote, released alongside Office for iPad yesterday, takes the fourth place spot.

Microsoft's new iPad apps are of the so-called "freemium" variety, meaning they require in-app purchases to unlock certain features. In the case of Office for iPad, free features include document viewing, but users need to have an Office 365 subscription to make edits. Existing subscription holders can sign in immediately, though Microsoft also built in a subscription purchasing mechanism in each Office app.

As with any other software distributed through the iOS App Store, Microsoft Office is subject to Apple's usual 30 percent cut of any new in-app purchases, in this case subscriptions. Current Office 365 pricing stands at $99 per year or $9.99 per month.

Microsoft's latest iPad apps are also making an appearance on the App Store's Top Grossing apps chart, with the most in-app subscription buys coming from Word, which is currently sitting in the number four spot, while Excel and PowerPoint follow in 11th and 26th, respectively.
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But many of them deleted once they found that its not for content creation unless Off.365 sbscription!  :devil:

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No big surprise there. They're going to stay at the top of the charts for several weeks I'd wager as enterprise adoption begins. I wish the subscriptions were a bit cheaper, but the university rate is pretty nice. Planning on downloading and trying these this weekend.
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Any chance of getting these with a HUP discount? Otherwise I won't even think about it.

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Can anyone tell me if Excel for iPad has macros and VBA backend capabilities?

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They should have charged something small (e.g. $1.99) just for the basic viewer! With all the iPad users it would have added up to millions.
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But many of them deleted once they found that its not for content creation unless Off.365 sbscription!  1devil.gif

I'd wager you are correct. That said, hopefully lots of enterprise customers will now go for more iPads.
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But how does this make sense? Microsoft having to buckle under the pressure of losing more share, by making an app for the iPad? Aren't all of the statistics from reputable stat sites saying the ipad sells a small sliver of the tablet market? Why would Microsoft waste their resources on this small segment, when they don't do it for blackberry or even surface yet? And having to give 30% of revenue? Doesn't make any sense from the analytical reports of reputable sites. /s
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But many of them deleted once they found that its not for content creation unless Off.365 sbscription!  :devil:

 

Word is listed as #4 grossing app, though. So IAP subs to 365 are obviously happening / being bought.

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Well. Guess Microsoft was on to something.

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Lots of people will grab them as free viewers. If the excel can view pivot tables I may need that one. Excel on Mac cannot.
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Steve (Ballmer) would have never allowed this.
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But how does this make sense? Microsoft having to buckle under the pressure of losing more share, by making an app for the iPad? Aren't all of the statistics from reputable stat sites saying the ipad sells a small sliver of the tablet market? Why would Microsoft waste their resources on this small segment, when they don't do it for blackberry or even surface yet? And having to give 30% of revenue? Doesn't make any sense from the analytical reports of reputable sites. /s

You are nonsensically mixing stats from various market segments (tablets, office productivity suites, etc.).

 

Office is a separate business unit of Microsoft, just as Windows is a separate business unit, and hardware (Surface tablets) is a separate business unit.

 

Let's discuss Windows first. The Windows PC market is contracting; the unit sales of PCs shrinks every quarter. Let's use one analyst's numbers (I don't say they're the best, but at least there should be some consistency in their accuracy or lack thereof). Let's use Gartner's numbers. Worldwide 2013 PC sales were 315 million, down from 2012's 351M, YOY -10%. Mac sales decreased -7% during this time, so the Windows PC sector itself performed worse than -10%.

 

In the past, Microsoft prioritized Office availability on Windows PCs; that made sense when the Windows PC market was growing. That is no longer the case. Thus, Microsoft has to nurture Office on non-PC platforms.

 

Now let's look at tablets. The iPad's current marketshare of 2013 worldwide tablet sales is 37%, down from over 50% in 2012. Apple's self-reported iPad unit sales for 2013 was 74 million units, versus 61M units in 2012. The non-iPad tablet market went from 55M units (2012) to 125M units (2013), mostly in the form of Android tablet sales (Windows tablet sales went from 1M to 4M, not worth discussing at the moment).

 

Thus in 2013, there were 199 million devices sold that couldn't run Microsoft Office.

 

So looking at these numbers, you'd say, "Well, Microsoft should develop for Android tablets first, since that's where the most non-Office compatibility device sales are." However, the fact of the matter is that most Android tablets are pretty basic devices. Enterprise customers largely ignore Android tablets and buy iPads. 

 

Moreover, just ask app developers about their revenue stream from iOS and Android app stores. For the same app, it is typically >5 times higher in the iOS App Store, even though Android has more unit sales. Greater Android marketshare does not proportionally translate to greater app revenue.

 

As for Microsoft giving up 30% to Apple for the ability to sell its app in the iOS App Store, that's the cost of doing business in the most successful software store on the planet. Note that Office 365 subscriptions can be found at Amazon.com for about $67, so clearly Microsoft has wholesale pricing elsewhere as well.

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Lots of people will grab them as free viewers. If the excel can view pivot tables I may need that one. Excel on Mac cannot.

 

From what I've read, it doesn't currently support pivot tables.

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But how does this make sense? Microsoft having to buckle under the pressure of losing more share, by making an app for the iPad? Aren't all of the statistics from reputable stat sites saying the ipad sells a small sliver of the tablet market? Why would Microsoft waste their resources on this small segment, when they don't do it for blackberry or even surface yet? And having to give 30% of revenue? Doesn't make any sense from the analytical reports of reputable sites. /s

 

I was going to say that it's sad that you have to add "/s" after that post, but ...

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This is seemingly just more happy news for iPad. This further lowers the barrier to entry for iPads into the tightly managed corporate IT world. I'm sure Apple is hoping for the "halo effect" from iPad will pry open up the door a little wider for much wider deployment of Apple products into the corporate world.

 

On the other hand, I'm sure that neither Apple nor Microsoft is taking any of this at face value. It's a bit of a chess game. If I was on the MS Surface team I'd see this move by Microsoft as making my job a whole lot harder. Heck, that team's been giving away Office on the Surface for a couple of years and now three days after Office is available on iTunes it's topping the charts on the world's leading tablet. That has to have a shriveling effect on the team balloon. 

 

Ah, but on the other side, Microsoft is a lot more business savvy than the likes of Steve Ballmer may have outwardly projected. This could be a trojan play for Microsoft to legitimize post-PC devices in their mainstream market, the corporate world. Once the acceptance of the post-PC platform genre is in place they start telling their customers "oh by the way, that Office360 subscription you've already paid for and is running on your company issued iPad runs just as good on this device that we offer - and we'll bundle up a lot more big money apps with it if you sell yourself to our ecosystem." Maybe hold a yearly dev event and rent out Universal Studios for all the attendees. Free beer and swag. What's not to like about that?

 

It could just as easily be Microsoft falling back on what has always been their core competency - selling software that runs on just about anything. Maybe they pack up up the whole Surface Experiment and send it off to the Island of Misfit Microsoft Toys where the Zune and Bob are permanently vacationing. Move over Bob, make room for Surface. Selling massive amounts of software that runs on a massive number of devices isn't a half bad idea, especially when it's subscription based and the money fire hose is constantly gushing cash. 

 

Interesting, and if you're a lover of technology and American Ingenuity, fun times ahead.

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Don't forget to download them all, post a 1 star review stating it should be a pay once app. Maybe they'll listen if enough do it.
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A very nice suite of software that definitely feels built for the iPad. For those in school or in the workplace, it's harder to find a smoother piece of content creation than Office. It is pricey, and obviously must feel pressure from Apple's iWork software which comes free with Apple hardware. However any time a teacher/professor/manager needed something created, they needed a PPT, DOCX or XLS. It's just far too convenient pay for Office than to fight with alternatives.

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Any business that's not on the iPad/ iPhone is just foolish! 1smile.gif
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Can anyone tell me if Excel for iPad has macros and VBA backend capabilities?

Why don't you simply download and get your answer.

Numbers is simply inferior to Excel- bar none. This is a no-brainer for me.

 
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Why don't you simply download and get your answer.

Numbers is simply inferior to Excel- bar none. This is a no-brainer for me.

Brilliant response. Maybe I was at work all day and didn't have access to my iPad. Those kind of answers you can keep to yourself.

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But how does this make sense? Microsoft having to buckle under the pressure of losing more share, by making an app for the iPad? Aren't all of the statistics from reputable stat sites saying the ipad sells a small sliver of the tablet market? Why would Microsoft waste their resources on this small segment, when they don't do it for blackberry or even surface yet? And having to give 30% of revenue? Doesn't make any sense from the analytical reports of reputable sites. /s

I know that you are being facetious, bitter that a hardware company whose entire lineup consists of 5 products (1 of whom is the deprecated I-Pod, one of whom is the hobby Apple TV, and a third is the PC, which Apple has been selling since 1976, the 4th, the I-Phone, which Apple has been selling since 2007, and the 5th, the I-Pad, which Apple has been selling since 2010) does not possess singular dominance of Wall Street and media headlines. Shockingly, tech companies that offer more products and services than 5 (and whose offerings span multiple sectors i.e. consumer, enterprise, software, hardware, services, infrastructure, cloud) tend to get more respect from Wall Street (those pesky hedge fund managers who like companies that can make up for a bad stretch in some product lines with strength in others and everything .... how irrational is that ... investments in companies that have all their eggs in 1 or 2 baskets is MUCH SMARTER and MUCH MORE LIKELY to yield returns over the long term right ... I mean an energy company who is #1 in oil is A MUCH BETTER INVESTMENT than a company that was #3 in coal, #3 in oil, #3 in natural gas, #3 in nuclear and #5 in green energy right?) and companies that come out with new products get more press than companies who release updates of their existing ones (even the debate over whether the new product will succeed or not and the wider implications of its success or failure is more compelling to journalists and analysts than reporting Apple's selling more mp3 players, smartphones and tablets than everyone else for the umpteenth year in a row.)
 

But to take your statement at face value, Microsoft is coming out with Office for Android later this year. Yes, they prioritized the I-Pad for obvious reasons: it is the #1 selling device and the best device. But Office will be on Samsung's 12.2 inch tablet made exclusively for the enterprise soon enough.  So no matter who wins between the battle of the hardware companies (Apple or Samsung) or even if it is a draw, Microsoft will make money selling them Office. A good position to be in. A catbird one actually. It stinks for the Windows division of the company, but the company already lost a decade letting Ballmer make that division the main emphasis of the company in exclusion to everything else. They had their chance(s) and blew it and have no one to blame but themselves.

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I was planning on buying the annual subscription but now I'll do it through the app. Have to support my apple stock by getting apple 30%. Good job apple. Make more money.
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If the PivotTable already exists in the workbook, you can use it. You cannot create a PivotTable with Excel for iPad.

 

PowerPivot is not supported at all.

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Excel for iPad does not support VBA macros or user-defined functions.

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Microsoft Excel MVP Bill Jelen has a 20 minute demonstration of Excel for iPad at http://www.mrexcel.com/learnexcel/

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There were about 10 people in line at the Microsoft store for there free one year subscription. Yes that's right only 10 and that's because the store wasn't open yet. After that there was no more traffic. $100 a year is way to expensive and since Apple gives away there software for free the idea is even more ridiculous to pay that much.

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So it's a "viewer."  So what?  If I don't pay, it's only a viewer.  And honestly, when I am sent a Word or Excel file, I can view it on my iPad3 already just fine.  How much better a viewer do we really need on an iPad?

 

And therein lies the point.  It would appear that MS doesn't want you to be a viewer.  It wants to use this viewer to make you drool over the possibilities of how you could EDIT files on your iPad, hoping you will open your wallet to their annual subscription fee.

 

As for me, I'd rather just view on the iPad with what I have now.  And if I need to edit MS docs, I will trek on over to my Mac, which has more screen space for me to perform needed edits.

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No Macros, No VBA, No point. Might as well use Numbers.

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Steve (Ballmer) would have never allowed this.

 

Oh you. Co-opting an Apple meme to make a dig at Ballmer, clever girl.

 

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I really don't get why people are impressed by the viewer aspect alone… 3rd party viewers on iOS are just tedious vs. quick look in Mail/Safari.
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I think all the power office users will be disappointed with this, the ones who criticised Numbers for not being able to do pivot tables etc. If you already subscribe to Office 365 then it's a no-brainier - get this office suite. If you do not subscribe to Office 365 I would stick with iWork. From what I have seen they both have similar feature sets and iWork apps can print as well.
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Brilliant response. Maybe I was at work all day and didn't have access to my iPad. Those kind of answers you can keep to yourself.

 

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But many of them deleted once they found that its not for content creation unless Off.365 sbscription!  1devil.gif

Ha Ha! So, what you're saying is that MS Office Apps are for Content Consumption w00t!!!
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So it's a "viewer."  So what?  If I don't pay, it's only a viewer.  And honestly, when I am sent a Word or Excel file, I can view it on my iPad3 already just fine.  How much better a viewer do we really need on an iPad?

How about a "viewer" that lets you AirPrint What you just viewed... like an iWork app. 1wink.gif
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A very nice suite of software that definitely feels built for the iPad. For those in school or in the workplace, it's harder to find a smoother piece of content creation than Office. It is pricey, and obviously must feel pressure from Apple's iWork software which comes free with Apple hardware. However any time a teacher/professor/manager needed something created, they needed a PPT, DOCX or XLS. It's just far too convenient pay for Office than to fight with alternatives.

The biggest reason businesses and other institutions stick with Office is out of fear of losing the IP and value that's embedded in these document formats. Microsoft keeps just enough of those fringe features in the proprietary parts of their document formats to keep the FUD of switching to a competitor's product intact, even when competitors claim compatibility with the Office document formats. This has kept Office as the defacto standard even though there is a huge percentage of users whose needs would be completely filled by other products.

 

I do take exception to the claim of smoothness of content creation, at least outside of Excel, which is a brilliant product as are most spreadsheets starting way back with Lotus 123 (there were earlier ones by I had no exposure to them). It's not a knock on Microsoft specifically, it applies to nearly all manufacturers of word processing and presentation software, and Microsoft is the market leading offender. If you focus on creativity part of "content creation" products like Word and PowerPoint do more to dumb down and inhibit creativity than any other so-called "productivity" products sold in the last 50 years.  Humanity was able to accomplish some amazing feats during the 20th century in large part because we didn't have products like Word and PowerPoint getting in the way and dumbing down our scientists and engineers. The focus was on creativity of content and not presentation of content. If PowerPoint and Word were available in the 1960s we'd still be oohing and ahhing over NASA's pretty pictures and slide transitions and very tight document layouts with pleasing fonts and staying almost on track for a 2050 lunar landing, as a stretch goal.

 

This is of course an exaggeration to make a point, but it does point out that so much of what is put in front of users of these products is fluff that gets in the way of creativity. I'm not saying that nice looking documents are a bad thing, I'm saying get all that crap out of the way of the creative mind and deal with fluff later, when the creative content has already been captured. Running Word is like trying to frame up a house and having the interior decorator slinging wallpaper around the job site and bugging you while your trying to figure out if your wall structure is adequate for the load. Franky, I don't want my carpenters committing brain cells to wallpaper choices when they have hammers and saw in their hands. But that's what Word does. In the technical community this equates to lovely looking documents and presentations filled with junk content that's lacking creativity. The wall collapses, but hey doesn't it look totally awesome with that Trebuchet font.

 

You may say "I can just turn off all the fluff" and run Word or Pages in draft or outline mode. Well now you're really going to see how inadequate the tool really is. The distractions, like the hideous ribbon bar, don't go away. It's still just as slow to load and save, it still adds distracting fonts and formatting, and it's not really adding anything that a decent text editor like NotePad++ would suffice for. It's still in your face and inhibiting higher thought. In fact, once you try to strip down Word to not get in the way you realize that OneNote is actually a better alternative. It's less intrusive but it lacks very basic text editing features like search and replace (totally bizarre!). A better outline mode for Word is to not use it, use Excel or use NotePad++ or TextWranger on the Mac. In fact, my favorite productivity tool in the Apple ecosystem is Notes, only because it allows me to capture ideas very quickly and have them instantly available on all Apple devices and the web via iCloud. I wish it had a better outlining mode, but the immediacy of capture trumps features. I'm holding out some hope that OneNote fills in the gaps where Notes falls short, but dammit, no transparent ICloud integration is so very painful and OneDrive is neither as convenient nor as ubiquitous. 

 

Sorry for the spew, but I did want to encourage other folks to look at multi-platform alternatives to Word, Pages, etc., if you're really focused on capturing creativity and not just creating "stuff" that may look pretty good but may not reflect the intellectual value that you really are capable of producing. Anything that gets in your way or gets your brain cells focused on fluff only detracts from your true creative potential.


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What I want to know is how many people have signed up for a 365 account and how many keep it after the 30 day free trial. I downloaded Excel out of curiosity. This App took a very long time to download and install which makes me wary of performance. I know Office on my Mac is the most sluggish software I have. I suspect that most downloads are out of curiosity only, I don't see any software worth a perpetual $9.95/mo. If I am wrong than Microsoft will be asking themselves, "Why didn't we do this sooner.
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But how does this make sense? Microsoft having to buckle under the pressure of losing more share, by making an app for the iPad? Aren't all of the statistics from reputable stat sites saying the ipad sells a small sliver of the tablet market? Why would Microsoft waste their resources on this small segment, when they don't do it for blackberry or even surface yet? And having to give 30% of revenue? Doesn't make any sense from the analytical reports of reputable sites. /s

 

The vast majority of the Android tablet market is made up of cheap, barely functional tablets owned by people who wouldn't use MS Office if it were the only app in existence. MS wants to be where the money is, which is iOS.

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Steve (Ballmer) would have never allowed this.

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