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It's Official: Microsoft Will Release Office for iPad

Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer recently confirmed that Office will indeed be coming to Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPad. It's just a matter of time. Once Microsoft completes a "touch-first user interface," the flagship productivity suite will eventually be released on iOS. Microsoft has created touch-compatible versions for its own platform, but has yet to make a fully touch-optimized version.

Tablet adoption among enterprise users continues to rise, and Apple is playing a large role. Microsoft needs to address the needs of these tablet users, and it can't properly do so unless it puts Office on the iPad. But that will strengthen Apple's platform, which Microsoft doesn't necessarily want to do, either.

Earlier this year, Microsoft also released Office on the iPhone, except it was only available to Office 365 subscribers. That strategic decision effectively segments the market and smartly allows Microsoft to continue targeting Office's core enterprise users while mostly disregarding the consumer segment.

On the consumer side, Apple has now made iWork for iOS free, much like Google has done with QuickOffice. That will remove any pricing power that Microsoft was hoping to wield on the consumer level.

In this segment of Tech Teardown, Erin Kennedy discusses Microsoft's Office plans for iPad with Evan Niu, CFA. 

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  • Report this Comment On October 10, 2013, at 1:35 PM, rajivroy1 wrote:

    "On the consumer side, Apple has now made iWork for iOS free"

    Hmm.. this is not true. I just checked both and itunes, all of the components of iWork are still $9.99 each.

    If you have a link that shows where iWork is free, I will be happy to try it out....

  • Report this Comment On October 10, 2013, at 2:23 PM, JoeLemon wrote:

    What business is moving to tablets? Just because companies allow people to use a tablet for checking emails, etc doesn't mean they aren't doing there core work on a laptop/desktop.

  • Report this Comment On October 10, 2013, at 3:31 PM, rjdude wrote:

    In the iO7 announcement iWork will be free with the new iPhone (you will be prompted to the free offer when you start up the device). I assume that when they announce the new iPads later this month, that offer will be extended to the new iPads as well (both devices that feature the new 64bit chip). Once you download on any of these new devices, I assume you can use iTunes to then add them to older devices. Hopefully, they can offer the desktop versions for free too if you, let's just say, upgrade to Maverick new OS.

  • Report this Comment On October 10, 2013, at 3:38 PM, jdmeck wrote:

    rjdude - You can count on it being free on any new system.

  • Report this Comment On October 13, 2013, at 5:48 PM, rae13164 wrote:

    will the ios version of office include microsoft access? I've been trying to find an app that would do my timekeeping on an ipad, will buy ipad when I find one.

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