Report: Office for iPad arriving this month

Sources tell The Verge (pretty accurate with its Microsoft scoops) Satya Nadella will unveil an iPad Office suite at a March 27 San Francisco event where he'll talk up Microsoft's (MSFT) mobile and cloud ambitions. Currently, iPad users have to make do with the Office Web Apps.

Not surprisingly, the apps will require an Office 365 subscription, much like the Office iPhone and Android apps released last year. Since the release of those apps, Google has made its Quickoffice productivity suite free, and Apple has made its iWork suite free to buyers of new iDevices.

Office remains Microsoft's biggest money-maker: Before changing up its reporting, the company's Business Division (dominated by Office) had FY13 op. income of $16.2B, well above the $9.5B produced by the Windows unit and the $8.2B produced by Server & Tools.

In a move viewed by some as a prelude to an iPad launch, Microsoft recently rolled out a Personal edition of Office 365 that goes for only $70/year, 30% less than Office Home Premium (supports up to 5 PCs).

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  • inside man 55
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    This is good news for Microsoft and Apple. Apple gets deeper into enterprise, Microsoft monetizes an existing competitor, and enterprise benefits from having some of their favorite productivity tools available on the go. Hard to beat a win-win-win situation. I hope Microsoft does the same with Lync and all of their other software.
    17 Mar 2014, 06:17 PM Reply Like
  • ralphptf
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    Lync is already available for iPad
    17 Mar 2014, 09:46 PM Reply Like
  • inside man 55
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    Wasn't aware, thank you, how does Microsoft make money off of Lync for iPad?
    17 Mar 2014, 11:51 PM Reply Like
  • mikehart
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    Agree, this is a great move IMO.
    17 Mar 2014, 09:52 PM Reply Like
  • beta-user
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    I do not see many users adapting to a subscription based Office model on iOS when there is iWork for free.


    Also LibreOffice is coming to Android. So there's again less incentive to go expensive yearly fees on that platform.
    20 Mar 2014, 07:49 AM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    The benefits of cloud based apps--and in this case office--are far greater than the app itself.


    You have managed backup of all your data, collaboration built in along with revision control, security, cross platform and cross location access to all your documents, and never needing to update/upgrade/patch.
    20 Mar 2014, 02:13 PM Reply Like
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