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Microsoft announces Office for iPad, available for download today

By Shawn Knight
Mar 27, 2014
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  1. Microsoft on Thursday revealed Office for iPad during a press briefing in San Francisco as part of their goal of empowering people to be productive across all devices. The product has reportedly been years in the making but according to...

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  2. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Rookie Posts: 41

    "Mobility and cloud"... damn, I really need to change my lifestyle. All day long I sit in front of my sturdy, reinforced, comfortable PC stronghold, RAID, SSDs, huge monitors and comfy keyboard & mouse... I need to run some distance, with a tablet in my pocket or something... :p Jokes aside, I watch the mobile race from a distance, it's just not my world.
     
  3. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,080   +920

    Booooo! You need an Office 365 subscription! I would easily pay $10 for Word for iPad but instead you insist on us getting a $99 annual 365 subscription? No thanks.
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2014
  4. Free to create and edit files if you subscribe to their $99 annual Office 365 subscription. So no it is not really free.
     
  5. What do you expect? Microsoft has been selling Office at a premium for years, for them not to leverage their subscription model in mobile would be stupid, especially when it comes at the expense of their own platform.
     
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  6. Suck it second class citizens- Android Fanbois. Office 365 comes with 5 keys. You'll always lacked some sort of functionality but now you officially lack major functionality.
     
  7. I guess if MS gave away their software, people would be happy.
     
  8. pmcardle

    pmcardle TS Rookie Posts: 99   +17

    They would find something else to complain about...
     
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  9. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,080   +920

    That is true, but I wish MS at least gave us a bit more functionality without a subscription and made some of the more powerhouse features available to those with a subscription.
     
  10. Absolutely concur. Spot on my friend.
     
  11. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Rookie Posts: 81   +16

    You most likely will be viewing documents on a tablet, not producing them. So basically, it's free.
     
     
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,419   +821

    C'mon JC, stop complaining and pay the premium. You buy Apple products so it seems like you have money burning a hole in your pocket. Hell if I was MS I'd charge Apple users double for that reason alone.
     
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,535   +327

    Luckily for me, I have Office 365 at work since we're a support company and need this stuff, All I can say is Microsoft have done a bang up job on the iPad, it's sleek, fast and loads even the largest documents I have nice and quickly, fully integrated into OneDrive and what not, it's actually quite well done.

    Just a shame you can't buy it separately, from experience, I can guarantee people who buy an iPad would eventually just accept the fact the office suite on iPad is £50, they would buy it, they'd complain about it, but they would buy it.

    Are you listening Microsoft? I promise you if you charged £50 for Word Excel and Powerpoint people would buy it.
     
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  14. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,080   +920

    I have been contemplating paying the premium ever since it was released. Now I have an excuse to actually invest in it. But I am not sure the time is right currently. I have the standalone suites on my PC and my Mac already so there is really no point at the moment. But yeah you do have a point, I should just pucker up and pay it xD. I am just bitter that they didnt release it as a standalone. I guess that was the best business strategy so I aint blaming them.
     
  15. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,080   +920

    Exactly!
     
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