Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2014 19:36 UTC

We know you've been wanting it, and starting today, you can download Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad from the App Store. The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. Your documents will look as good as they do on your PC and MacĀ®, and better than ever on your iPad. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad.

It looks pretty good, and as a heavy Office users, I can't wait until this hits Android tablets. On a related note: Office for phones (both iOS and Android) has gone completely free.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that iOS got touch Office before Windows. I feel like I'm in the twilight zone.

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Mixed feelings
by PieterGen on Sun 30th Mar 2014 20:29 UTC
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I have mixed feelings for this. On the plus side:
+ Microsoft sort-of accepts that there ARE other operating systems which are here to stay, and it tries to cater them.
+ More software = more choice = good

On the negative side:
- this keeps the MS Office closed standard stanglehold alive.
- meaning less room for LibreOffice and others (G Docs, QuickOffice, Pages, and so on) to improve their performance
- less chance of open standards acceptance
- less innovation = less choice = bad

On the WTF side:
- who is going to edit Office documents on his phone or tablet?
- "documents" are an old fashioned idea. Perkament, paper, and now we have .docx-files and .pdf-files. Google Docs is more modern, Wordpress is even better - just write it on a website and send people the link to it.
- formatting is overrated. People use having wordprocessors to write very simple lists that could be written on a simple editor
- Microsoft make an messy mixture of cloud service and local software ("Yes is it a cloud service, but no you cannot use it with a Linux/Chromium machine).
- this is the end of the "Services & Devices" dream. Either you make devices (Samsung, Lenovo) or you make services (Google, who sold off Motorola).

Edited 2014-03-30 20:31 UTC

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