Microsoft Office for iPad tipped to launch before July

February 17, 2014

According to rumours, Microsoft is planning to release an iPad version of its Office software within the first half of 2014.

This comes via Zdnet, who claimed that ex-CEO Steve Ballmer had “OK’d” an earlier launch of the Microsoft Office app.

Arriving earlier than expected, the document-creating app was originally rumoured to arrive in the autumn.

The Office suite would include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The iPad version is likely to tie in with SkyDrive, which is soon to be renamed OneDrive.

Microsoft released an iPhone version in 2013 that utilised a paid Office 365 subscription to let users create and edit documents. Pricing for the app is yet to be revealed, although Microsoft may release it for free and then require and Office 365 subscription to edit the documents that can save to OneDrive. ZDNet also claim the Microsoft’s touch-focused version of Office for Windows, codenamed “Gemini” won’t be released until after the iPad version.

Microsoft is still the leader in word processing despite Apple’s iWorks suite and continues to grow steadily with more than 3.5 million Office 365 Premium subscribers.

According to ZDNet, ex-CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer “OK’d” an earlier launch of the Microsoft Office app. Arriving earlier than expected, the document-creating app was originally rumoured to arrive in the autumn. Microsoft released an iPhone version in 2013 that utilised a paid Office 365 subscription to let users create and edit documents. 

The Office app would include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The iPad version is likely to tie in with SkyDrive, which is soon to be renamed OneDrive. 

Pricing for the Office app is yet to be revealed, although Microsoft may release it for free, and then require an Office 365 subscription to edit the documents that can save to OneDrive.

ZDNet also claim the Microsoft’s touch-focused version of Office for Windows, codenamed “Gemini” won’t be released until after the iPad version. 

Microsoft is still the leader in word processing despite Apple’s iWorks suite, and continues to grow steadily with more than 3.5 million Office 365 Premium subscribers.

 

by Simon Khoury
Molecular Biologist turned technology journalist, Simon moved from browsing genomes to dissecting gadgets and putting them through T3's battery of tests. He is currently the Editor for T3me.com, and a contributing editor to the Arabic and English editions of T3 Middle East magazine. He takes special interest in high performance computer systems, high-end smartphones, the indie gaming scene, and productivity boosting software. He is also an avid reader, science afficionado and a picky gamer. You can contact him at webeditor(at)t3me.com.