Microsoft Office for iPad to reportedly debut as soon as Mar. 27 [u]

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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.

Office Mobile
Microsoft Office 365 for iOS.


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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  • Reply 1 of 36
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,341member
    I hate subscriptions. If it's decent & priced at a reasonable price point of sub £50 I'll buy it.
  • Reply 2 of 36
    512ke512ke Posts: 782member

    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.

  • Reply 3 of 36
    emoelleremoeller Posts: 531member
    Well March 27th is the start of MacWorld in SF - so yes that would be a good time to make the announcement....
  • Reply 4 of 36
    dugbugdugbug Posts: 283member
    office 365? god I hope not. I don't think we really need to rent a spreadsheet do we?
  • Reply 5 of 36
    brlawyerbrlawyer Posts: 828member
    Huh? Subscription-based shit? Irrelevant news, to say the least.
  • Reply 6 of 36
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    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%.

    512ke wrote: »
    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.
  • Reply 7 of 36
    canukstormcanukstorm Posts: 2,557member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post



    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.

  • Reply 8 of 36

    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.

  • Reply 9 of 36
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 512ke View Post

     

    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.

  • Reply 10 of 36
    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.
  • Reply 11 of 36
    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.
  • Reply 12 of 36
    canukstormcanukstorm Posts: 2,557member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GadgetCanadaV2 View Post

     

    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.

  • Reply 13 of 36
    hillstoneshillstones Posts: 1,490member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 512ke View Post

     

    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.mc_id=PS_google_O365Comm_office365_Text&WT.intid1=ODC_ENUS_FX101785584_XT104187042

     

    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.

  • Reply 14 of 36
    hillstoneshillstones Posts: 1,490member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CanukStorm View Post

     

    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.

  • Reply 15 of 36
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,633member

    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.

  • Reply 16 of 36
    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.
  • Reply 17 of 36
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    redhotfuzz wrote: »
    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?

    ;)
  • Reply 18 of 36
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    Originally Posted by GTR View Post



    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.

  • Reply 19 of 36
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    gtr wrote: »
    LOL!

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

    ;)

    And sometimes you even get a free beverage and drugs out of the deal.

    (You're a horrible person!)
  • Reply 20 of 36

    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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