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Microsoft on Thursday announced Office for iPad downloads hit the 12 million mark after just one week of availability, illustrating pent-up demand for an iPad port of the software giant's productivity suite.




After a highly-anticipated debut last week, the Microsoft Office for iPad apps have collectively notched 12 million downloads, according to a tweet from Microsoft's dedicated @Office handle.

The Office suite, including Microsoft Word for iPad, Microsoft Excel for iPad and Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad, rocketed to the top of Apple's iOS App Store charts one day after launch. Currently, the apps stand one-two-three at the top of the iPad App Store's free app rankings, with the go-along Microsoft OneNote for iPad sitting in sixth.

Microsoft's new iPad apps are "freemium" offerings as each requires an in-app subscription purchase to unlock full software capabilities. For Office, users can view documents for free, but need to have an Office 365 subscription to make edits.

Just like other apps distributed through the iOS App Store, Microsoft Office is subject to Apple's usual 30 percent cut of in-app purchases. With Office 365 prices pegged at $99 per year or $9.99 per month, combined with the large number of downloads, Office for iPad apps are among the top grossing titles in the App Store.
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...but, but, but all the white-box Android tablets. :???: 

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But how many of those are actually paying Microsoft to really use the apps vs. "just tryin' it out cause it's free"?
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I'm not surprised. I downloaded OneNote before the whole Office suite was available and love it, but I have no interest in MS word processor or spreadsheet app. I'll stick with Pages and Numbers.
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 Just like other apps distributed through the iOS App Store, Microsoft Office is subject to Apple's usual 30 percent cut of in-app purchases.

 

Well, this should not really hurt MS, as other resellers seem to take about the same (or higher) cut. Amazon sells the Home Premium package for 63 Euros here, and there are various other vendors listing it for below 70 Euros, while the in-app purchase is the most expensive option by far at 99 Euros.

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I love the way the apps keep getting described as freemium. The subscription is for Office, not just the app. Its more a case that your buying a product that runs on Windows, Mac, Win Phone, iPhone, Android Phone, a browser and now iPad. You'd be a bit pissed if you had to pay extra for the iPad part.

Calling it freemium makes it sound like all the apps pretending to be free and then charging to do anything useful. In this case the only way to get in on an iPad is via the app store and therefor has to be a fee app. If it was with all the other product downloads on the 365 site, it would technically be exactly the same thing but then not freemium.
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But how many of those are actually paying Microsoft to really use the apps vs. "just tryin' it out cause it's free"?

I imagine that most are simply testing it but it's a strong start. I just hope this is the start of MS realizing it's a SW company. They started off strong by writing apps for Apple so I like that the past is repeating itself.

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Is that 12 million downloads with paid subscription? Currently on the AppStore Word is #10 in the top grossing, but Word, Excel and PowePoint are in the top 5 free. I wonder how many downloaded and then either deleted or aren't using because they find out it requires a subscription.
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I love the way the apps keep getting described as freemium. The subscription is for Office, not just the app. Its more a case that your buying a product that runs on Windows, Mac, Win Phone, iPhone, Android Phone, a browser and now iPad. You'd be a bit pissed if you had to pay extra for the iPad part.

Calling it freemium makes it sound like all the apps pretending to be free and then charging to do anything useful. In this case the only way to get in on an iPad is via the app store and therefor has to be a fee app. If it was with all the other product downloads on the 365 site, it would technically be exactly the same thing but then not freemium.
Microsoft is pushing the subscription model. And maybe they think they're giving less $$ to Apple than if it was a paid app on the AppStore. I know a number of people who said "no thanks" because they don't want to rent software. Or they use other cloud options at this point and don't want to be tied to OneDrive.
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I wonder how many of those 12 million spent any money?

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One of those downloads was mine . . . soon to be deleted, 'cause I ain't gonna pay MS $99 a year when I already have iWork. If Office was sold rather than rented, I might reconsider.

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give me a break. Free worthless app unless you get the subscription service. Who the hell y'all fooling with this hype.

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Just like other apps distributed through the iOS App Store, Microsoft Office is subject to Apple's usual 30 percent cut of in-app purchases.
And this is relevant because...?
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But how many of those are actually paying Microsoft to really use the apps vs. "just tryin' it out cause it's free"?

Well, the thing is that you have to take all the sales from word, plus all the sales from excel, then all from PowerPoint. This only gets you how many are done via the iPad apps. Then, anyone who already paid via other means, like myself. Don't forget, the university version is $80 for four years but you have to BYOSubscription, and can't be done in the app.
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And this is relevant because...?


Because if Apple doesn't win in some way it's not news

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I downloaded all three apps. Am I going to pay for any if them? - no. These apps are not the full office suite and contain no more features, and probably less, than iWork for iPad. I would have bought them if it was a one off payment and priced at around half of the price for the Home edition of Office on the mac or pc. It is simply not worth any more than this.
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If Office 2011 is any indication of the quality of the webbversion for iOS it will be a catastrophy. Office 2011 so chockfull of bugs and after all these updates still no relief in sight. It's still beta...

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Because if Apple doesn't win in some way it's not news
There's no "winner". Microsoft gets access to a multimillion user ecosystem and keeps 70% of overall in-app purchases. Apple takes the rest. Can't see no news in here, it's all in the Appstore's ToS.
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... thus rendering the Surface even more pointless.
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And just like me, 99.8% of those that downloaded the apps deleted them.
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...but, but, but all the white-box Android tablets. 1confused.gif  

.... but, but, but nobody wants MS Office for their iPad. lol.gif
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And this is relevant because...?

Because Apple is making 30%. This is Appleinsider. It's all there for you but we can't do it for you.
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12M is huge. It's true that they are only 5th in top grossing but I think that the algorithm for grossing lags those for downloads. And remember - most of the downloads are people with existing subs or experimenting but enough people have signed up newly to the service to drive revenues to 5th so far. ( I imagine 1st eventually). Which is not nothing. It's new subscribers for MS and more money for both MS and Apple
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Calling it freemium makes it sound like all the apps pretending to be free and then charging to do anything useful. 

wut?

 

This is exactly what is going on.  The apps are free, but to do anything useful, you need to pay for the Office365 subscription.  That is the definition of freemium.

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I'd say this is the software equivalent to "devices shipped" versus "devices sold".

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... thus rendering the Surface even more pointless.

I'm an iPad owner and not once have I had an overwhelming urge to spin on a conference table or dance like a nazis school girl. Apparently the Surface has Powers the iPad lacks.
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If Office 2011 is any indication of the quality of the webbversion for iOS it will be a catastrophy. Office 2011 so chockfull of bugs and after all these updates still no relief in sight. It's still beta...

This is all new from the ground up. If anything, I anticipate Office for Mac 2014 will pull heavily from these apps.
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The point is not just how much money Apple is making on the software sales. The other major point is how many individuals and corporations will now buy a new iPad for sure rather then consider any alternative.
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And how many deleted the app a day or less later?

i tried out Excel, expecting the no edit to mean no editing of formulas, layout etc, but found you cannot even alter a cell value to change the result in other cells... Or to put it another way, Excel on an iPad as a free version is no more use than taking a spreadsheet on a desktop computer and saving the sheet as pdf and viewing it on your iPad.
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I'm an iPad owner and not once have I had an overwhelming urge to spin on a conference table or dance like a nazis school girl. Apparently the Surface has Powers the iPad lacks.

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I imagine that most are simply testing it but it's a strong start. I just hope this is the start of MS realizing it's a SW company. They started off strong by writing apps for Apple so I like that the past is repeating itself.

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You nailed it. Microsoft should just stick to writing apps for Apple ... and give up on everything else. 1smile.gif
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But how many of those are actually paying Microsoft to really use the apps vs. "just tryin' it out cause it's free"?

 

Presumably time will tell.

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And just like me, 99.8% of those that downloaded the apps deleted them.

 

Why? So you can say you did cuz, you know, the man and stuff.....?

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Funny how here and all the tech sites there are people looking for any reason to try and spin this as a negative. There is no downside here - it's a big win for MS and Apple. And a huge gaping hole for Android, who doesn't have any productivity suite that's even half as good.

 

I bought Office 365 Home. $100 per year and I get it on 5 PC's. Everyone at home gets the extra 20GB OneDrive storage and you also get 60 minutes of Skype free every month. And on your PC you also get Publisher (so-so for me) and Access (big deal for me). $100 a year is a bargain for how much you actually get.

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Microsoft is pushing the subscription model. And maybe they think they're giving less $$ to Apple than if it was a paid app on the AppStore. I know a number of people who said "no thanks" because they don't want to rent software. Or they use other cloud options at this point and don't want to be tied to OneDrive.

The fact is it has to be free. Office is primarily and enterprise product and paying for it yearly isn't anything new with 365. Eventually most of the people downloading and using this app won't be buying a personal subscription to 365 through the app. They will be activating the one they have from work.

 

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wut?

 

This is exactly what is going on.  The apps are free, but to do anything useful, you need to pay for the Office365 subscription.  That is the definition of freemium.

It's just a weird way of thinking about it. When I think of fermium apps I think of the ones that have swapped an initial price for buying the app to an in app purchase so it can be free in the app store.

 

In this case what you pay for isn't just an app, your paying for Office on Windows, Web, Mac, iPad plus a few other services. It's like having a magazine subscription to a printed magazine where they've also released an app that you can view the magazine on as well.

 

The majority of users of these apps also won't be buying a subscription through the iPad or specifically for an iPad. My parents got theirs when they bought an iMac. So to them it's just a free app.

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Microsoft is pushing the subscription model. And maybe they think they're giving less $$ to Apple than if it was a paid app on the AppStore. I know a number of people who said "no thanks" because they don't want to rent software. Or they use other cloud options at this point and don't want to be tied to OneDrive.

They are giving less money to Apple -- its free. If you already have purchased the subscription model for your PC, or for work as an employee, or as university or college student/faculty/staff that has paid for an enterprise-wide license, then the iPad version will cost you nothing, and Apple will get nothing. 

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I love the apps, and by subscribing to 365 I think you'll automatically get Office 2015 Mac.

The apps should not be described as Freemium, any more than iBooks should be.

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I’m simultaneously revolted and aroused. How young are we talking and that should help throw me one way or the other. :lol:;)

 

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......I imagine that most are simply testing it but it's a strong start......
 

Maybe it's just me but how do you "test" software that only allows you to read a document ....but not do any of the things that the software supposedly does??? :???: 

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