Microsoft Office for iPad Launches
The wait is over. Microsoft finally releases Office for Apple's popular tablet, the iPad.Microsoft on March 27 launched a native Office app for Apple's best-selling tablet, the iPad, in 135 markets and 29 languages. The app for iOS 7 and up is available now at the Apple App Store at no additional cost for Office 365 subscribers (non-subscribers can only use the app to view, but not edit files). The software giant has weathered criticisms over the years for not capitalizing on the popularity of the iPad by releasing native Office apps for the device. Last year, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt estimated that Microsoft was letting $2.5 billion in yearly sales slip away by neglecting Apple's tablet. In his first major press event as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella took to the stage in San Francisco to expand on his company's "innovation agenda." It includes delivering products and services, like Office for iPad, that fit into the software giant's new world view of "ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence." Microsoft is gearing up for a near future where computing spans multiple devices, including a "variety of form factors that will come to be over the coming years," making computing ubiquitous. Meanwhile, Nadella predicts that practically every interaction will be digitized, leading "to perhaps the most important trend of all—which we are at the very beginning phases—which is to reason over all that digitized information," he added.
"It's an amazing canvas for innovation and an amazing opportunity for growth in our company," said Nadella. Part of achieving that growth is to offer "one cloud for everyone and every device." Fitting into that strategy is Office for iPad, which he described as part of the "first step on a journey of making this a great innovation vector for all of Microsoft."