This iPad Rumor Makes No Sense

Should Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) create a specific version of Office for Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPad? Several outlets have been reporting that Mr. Softy is planning exactly this sort of move.

Odds are they're wrong, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. In the following video, he points out that, while it's true Apple and Microsoft are cooperating more, there's little incentive for Mr. Softy to pay its rival a 30% cut of Office sales via a full-fledged app.

Rather, as ZDNet's Ed Bott points out here, Microsoft is more likely to offer a free version of the various Office apps to iOS users and then turn on certain functions on the back end according to subscription level. Do you agree? Do you want to see Office on the iPad? Please watch, and then weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2013, at 10:22 PM, peanutgalerygeek wrote:

    That actually make sense but probably requires a lot of code to be rewritten so that's why we're not seeing the Word and Excel app currently. They're probably a little busy with Windows 8 or whatever they're calling it these days.

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