Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) seems to have finally learned the indispensability of Microsoft Office in iPads and iPhones. In San Francisco this Thursday, it pulled the lid off a newer, better iPad featuring Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft Office for iPad is available on App Store.
The app allows the users to save, present and read the documents without subscribing to Office 365, means users can access the app only in read-only mode. Editing or creating new documents will require a subscription for $99.99 per year, for the Home Premium Edition. For businesses, it costs $60 and above per year, depending on features.
The new Office suite works on iOS 7.0 powered iPads and has an interface quite similar to that of Windows and Mac Version. The productivity suite for iPad offers slightly enhanced features than its iPhone counterpart, file compatibility with the desktop version, free-flowing and formatting being a few of them.
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft wrote on the official blog, “We’re bringing Office, the gold standard in getting things done, to the iPad. A billion people rely on Office every day, and we’ve worked diligently to create a version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that delivers the best productivity experience available on the iPad. It’s built from the ground up for touch, is unmistakably Office in its design, and is optimized for iPad.”
Microsoft has long raged a battle with its arch rival, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) that offers a truckload of iWork suite absolutely free with new iOS devices. Clearly, Microsoft too is peeping into ways to thwart the mounting competition. The steering move is made to push its way for higher, better sales and to make its presence ubiquitous in the business domain, as well.
The addition made by Microsoft has led it to gain traction and cast a discerning shadow on other tech giants. The suite is certainly a boon for the Office 365 Subscribers, and unmistakably for non subscribers too, who thrive on the functionalities of Microsoft Office for their daily work.
Microsoft Office for iPad is available in 135 countries, including Germany, Hong Kong, India, Russia, UK and the U.S. and in 29 languages.
Additionally, the Redmond developers has also updated OneNote for iPad with a completely new look and feel of iOS 7 with a sleek and elegant interface.
To promote the Office, Microsoft is offering a one-year Office 365 subscription free of cost to the first 50 customers who bring an iPad into a Microsoft store. However, the offers runs from March 28th – March 30th.