According to Business Insider, Microsoft’s launch of Office for the Apple iPad is their biggest product launch in years. For years, Microsoft has avoided adapting its popular productivity programs for the iPad because it wanted to preserve Office as a competitive advantage for its Windows tablets, such as Microsoft Surface. Office is one of Microsoft’s biggest successes and is ultimately the product that has powered the company throughout the years.
The launch of Office for iPad has given us a sense of CEO Satya Nadella’s direction for Microsoft. As CEO for only 52 days so far, he plans to integrate Microsoft products, such as Office, across all devices, even if they are supported by competing platforms such as iOS or Android. “We think about users both as individuals and organizations spanning across all devices,” Nadella said. Microsoft wants to power every gadget you use with its products.
According to Business Insider, Microsoft is currently using the “freemium” model for its newly released Office for iPads. You will be able to download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free. However,the free version will only allow you to view Office documents on the iPad. If you want to create or edit a document, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Office 365 subscriptions are annual with prices ranging from $60 to $264 depending on the size of your enterprise and the number of features included.
Here are a few screenshots of what Microsoft Office looks like on the iPad:
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