1. Akshay Masand's Avatar


    The outgoing Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer recently mentioned that there is a new touch-optimized version of his company’s Office suite headed for Apple’s iPad in the near future. The company is said to be planning to release a touch version of Office for its own Windows platform first, after which the software will come to the iPad. Ballmer revealed the in-development software while speaking at a Gartner event in Florida recently according to the folks over at The Verge.

    Microsoft revealed an official Office 365 app for iPhone in June, but the application wasn’t previously designed to take advantage of the larger display of Apple’s iPad. The current Office application for iPhone requires users to subscribe to the Office 365 service which grants user’s access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the go.

    According to Ballmer, a more complete version of Office for iPad will arrive once Microsoft has completed its ‘touch first” interface for the suite. No timeframe was given for the software’s launch but it was mentioned that development is currently “in progress.” Ballmer’s comments are Microsoft’s first official confirmation of a version of Office made for Apple’s iPad.

    Source: Gartner Symposium ITxpo viaThe Verge

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2013-10-09 10:24 AM
  2. quidam_brujah's Avatar
    Yes, better release something soon before you're even less relevant.
    2013-10-09 04:00 PM
  3. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
    Lol still perpetuating this idea... I'll believe it when I see it.
    2013-10-10 06:06 AM
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