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Tuesday, Oct 8
Office iPad apps arriving ... eventually
- Holding court at a Gartner symposium, Steve Ballmer (MSFT -1.1%) stated Microsoft will launch Office iPad apps once it develops a "touch-first" UI for the productivity suite. For now, Office is only available on the iPad and Android tablets via the Office Web Apps.
- The comment follows September remarks from exec Qi Liu indicating an upcoming touch-friendly version of Office (codenamed Gemini) will be available on rival platforms. A roadmap leaked in April suggested Gemini won't arrive until fall 2014.
- Microsoft rolled out Office apps for iOS/Android phones earlier this year. The apps require Office 365 subscriptions, and it's a good bet the same will hold for the iPad apps. Apple just made its iWork productivity suite free to buyers of new iOS devices, and Google has made its Quickoffice suite free to all Android users.
- Yesterday: Microsoft unveils fall enterprise/cloud roadmap