Microsoft Ready to Release Office for iOS
Posted on March 22, 2014 by eli courey
Microsoft Office for iOS is ready to be released, according to a report by Reuters. Microsoft has lost a lot of money with their Surface tablets, so maybe this is a way for them to make some of it back by releasing their productivity suite on the tablet people actually use. No word yet on the pricing of Office for iOS, but it faces competition from some free apps like Apple’s iWork suite and Google Docs among others.
Microsoft already has a full iPhone and iPad version of Office ready for release, the sources said. The only question is when Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who took over in February, will pull the trigger.
Nadella wants to widen Office’s customer base but has to balance that with the flagship Windows franchise, which benefits greatly from tight integration with Office, especially on desktop computers.
“We have some pretty exciting plans,” said John Case, the top Office marketing executive, without giving any details. “Certainly, interest in Office on the iPad is extreme. When they (customers) want to do real work, they are going to want to use Office.”