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

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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Compatible, but beyond that...
by benali72 on Thu 27th Mar 2014 20:28 UTC
benali72
Member since:
2008-05-03

Office on my handheld? Blech! Beyond compatibility, I don't see the point.

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tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

The point, at least for Microsoft, is to preserve and promote their office format. As long as people can properly open an office file on their phone it will continue to be an "acceptable" format to use generally. If people can't open office files on their phone it discourages them from sending them and using them, and therefor Microsoft Office.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

The point, at least for Microsoft, is to preserve and promote their office format. As long as people can properly open an office file on their phone it will continue to be an "acceptable" format to use generally. If people can't open office files on their phone it discourages them from sending them and using them, and therefor Microsoft Office.


iWorks is free on all macs and iOS devices and can open, edit and save Office format documents. When iWorks went free it called Microsoft's bluff and they realised they were in danger of losing control of a standard (in mobile but soon mobile will be bigger and drive desktop) that they had created.

Have you seen the explosive sales of iOS Office so far? All four of the top iPad apps measured by download volume in America are Microsoft products right now (I never thought I would type that sentence). Even more astonishingly, Microsoft Word for iPad has become the No. 6 highest grossing iPad app in the United States and in Germany Word is the third biggest grossing app on iPad,

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