Microsoft's Nadella May Finally Unveil Office for iPad
A press invitation from Microsoft's CEO adds fuel to rumors that the company will announce a native Office app for Apple's market-leading iPad tablet.After years of rumors, Microsoft may be finally getting ready to pull the trigger on Office for iPad. In a March 17 Reuters report, Bill Rigby wrote that a source had indicated that Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, "may unveil an iPad version of the company's Office software suite on March 27." Nadella's first major press event not only sets the tone for his tenure for the tech press, it will also serve to "launch the company's most profitable product in a version compatible with Apple Inc's popular tablet." The buzz grew louder after Microsoft officially issued an invitation to the event to members of the press on March 17. Taking place in San Francisco, the gathering promises to reveal "news related to the intersection of cloud and mobile." Nadella will speak at the event, offering context and providing remarks on the announcement. The news comes just after the company released its OneNote note-taking app for another Apple platform, the Mac. Available at no cost for Macs—as well as PCs and iOS and Android devices—OneNote offers cross-platform note capture, storage and syncing services and competes with the likes of Google Keep and Evernote.
Not long after Steve Jobs in early 2010 first debuted the iPad, which went on to set sales records, analysts and industry watchers have been waiting for Microsoft to capitalize on the explosive growth of the tablet market by offering a version of Office for Apple's tablet. Despite the growing popularity of the iPad both in and out of the workplace, the app never materialized.