Friday, 16 May 2014

Office, now on iPad

It’s been a long wait, but most consumers will be happy with Microsoft’s latest announcement in 2014 by taking Office on to Apple’s iPad. Microsoft’s 2014 mobile first, cloud first approach has been highly accepted by businesses and consumers across the globe and this adds to the positive feedback since Satya Nadella has joined the giant that is, Microsoft Corporation.
Creating an Excel Spreadsheet on your tablet, authoring a Word document in a browser or entertaining people with your latest presentation has just got easier for the millions of you that have been indulged in your iPads since the beginning of the tablet hype.
The app has now been released for a reported six weeks and has been downloaded about 27 million times, Microsoft’s Julia White told the crowd during Monday’s keynote at TechEd customer conference in Houston.
Office for iPad is a free app but only for those people who have paid subscriptions to Microsoft’s cloud version of Office, Office 365. In April, Microsoft reported it had 4.4 million paid users of the personal version of Office 365 – meaning most downloads are coming from business users with corporate Office 365 accounts.
So, is this good news or bad news for Microsoft? It means its cash cow business, Office, remains a massive hit with its business users, but the businesses and consumers are still buying iPads instead of Windows tablets – Microsoft must have a plan?
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