Report: Microsoft planning $10 Office Suite for iPad?

Report: Microsoft planning $10 Office Suite for iPad?

Redmond : WA : USA | Nov 30, 2011 at 8:51 AM PST
Views: Pending
iPad iOS 4.3 Gestures!

Microsoft is preparing a version of its Office productivity suite that will run on the iPad, the Daily is reporting. Coincidentally, The Daily is Rupert Murdoch's iPad only news daily (iTunes link) that was launched on the iPad earlier this year.

The report cited the typical unnamed "sources." It went on to say that the iPad Office app could be released prior to the next version Office for Mac, which is expected to ship late next year.

It wouldn't be the first iOS app for the Redmond, Wa. company, which also has its own smartphone platform, Windows Phone. Office for the iPad can only help the iPad in corporate environments, but it's also a market just waiting for Microsoft to enter it, with the iPad currently owning some 80 percent (or more, depending on the source) of the tablet space.

Still, with Microsoft's Windows 8 OS capable of supporting ARM-based processors in addition to Intel-based processors, it's widely expected that a Windows 8 tablet will be coming. One would expect that porting Office to iOS might actually hurt those Windows 8 tablet sales.

The Daily said that Office for the iPad would be around the same $10 price point that Apple has established for its Pages, Numbers and Keynote products. We'd assume, actually, that the information is inaccurate, and probably another 0 to the left of the decimal point would be added.

Still, it's a tablet, and a mobile app, and that sort of pricing isn't normal in that realm. We'll see what Microsoft chooses to do.

This is still rumor, and notably, it's hard not to doubt them based on the following: The Daily said the following, speaking of Office for the Mac: "The current version of the desktop package, Office 2011, officially supports iOS versions up to Snow Leopard." Uh, Snow Leopard is Mac OS, not iOS.

1 of 3
iPad 2
Wikimedia Commons
Iria0000 is based in Castro Valley, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Microsoft Prepping Office for iPad: Rumor

      International Business Times
    Articles According to an unnamed source quoted in the publication, a tablet-friendly version of the company's various desktop-related applications is expected to debut sometime in 2012. In addition, The Daily also indicated that a new edition of...
  • Microsoft Office for iPad Being 'Actively Worked On'

      International Business Times
    Microsoft is said to be working on a version of its popular Office suite for the Apple iPad , and a new desktop version of Office for OS X Lion is expected next year. The Daily, an iPad -only news publication run by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., cites...
  • Microsoft planning Office suite for iPad

      GMA News
    Mga high-tech device kulang daw sa values na naituturo Techtrends: A peek at the new Windows 7 Saksi: Some senators take advantage of the Internet School sues Microsoft Phils. for copyright infringement advertisement advertisement
  • Microsoft planning Office for iPad - report

      News 24
    The Daily is reporting that Microsoft is readying a version of Office for Apple's very popular tablet computer. Microsoft has for a long time made Office for Mac, which is very popular with the Mac faithful. Even with the iPad's limited functionality...
  • Irradiated Software Announces Re-launch of Highly Praised iClip App

    Irradiated Software, makers of software for Mac, is pleased to announce the re-launch of the premier clipboard management app, iClip. December 02, 2011 Irradiated Software is pleased to announce the re-launch of iClip for Mac OS X. Apps, or...
  • Microsoft's Next Mistake

      The Motley Fool
    Pad 2 tablets in its latest quarter alone, so clearly this is a booming computing market that the world's largest software company needs to address. Pad sales have spiked 166% over the past year, while desktop and laptop sales have been languishing.





More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.