According to The Daily, Microsoft is reportedly working on a version of its popular Office suite for the iPad. The Daily’s sources claim that the apps would likely work with Microsoft’s new online service, Office 365.
According to sources, the tech giant is actively working on adapting its popular software suite for Apple’s tablet. With the iPad making up over 80 percent of the tablet market and millions of people worldwide using Office, that could mean big bucks for the tech giant based in Redmond, Wash. In addition to an iPad-ready version, a new edition of Office is expected for OS X Lion sometime next year.
Word, Excel and Powerpoint are rumored be the part of the Office suite for iPad with Office 365 integration. The Office suite is rumored to be price-competitive with Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote iOS apps which are sold around the $10 price point.
Microsoft Office for iPad rumors are pretty old now, but since the OneNote app and the impressive Bing iPad app has already been available for iOS, the office for iPad release wouldn’t be completely surprising.
An iPad edition of Office would likely be built by a unit within Microsoft’s consumer business that creates versions of Office that work with Apple’s Macintosh personal computers. Kristen Woody, a spokesman for that unit, says it “doesn’t have anything to share at this time.”
If implemented well, we could theoretically see Office for iOS eating big chunk out of iWork suite’s user base. Take it as just any other rumor, and release date is not known either, but they could potentially launch in the first half of 2012.
We’ll update you as soon as we learn more about the Microsoft Office for the iPad.
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