Sunday, March 30, 2014

Office for iPad

The long wait is finally over for the Apple faithful, Office for iPad is finally here.  It's available as three separate applications; Word, Excel and PowerPoint in Apple’s App Store today.

 Just like the iPhone version, the iPad version will make use of Microsoft's Office 365 subscription for editing features and will be available to subscribers at no extra cost. However, the iPad version will be free for reading and presenting purposes. The iPad version contains a lot more features compared to the iPhone one. Microsoft is promising full file compatibility with the desktop versions


As seen in the video, text will automatically re-flow around a picture once it's inserted in a Word document, and it's just as intuitive in person. 
OneDrive is supported out of the box and its clear that Microsoft sees Office 365 as its cloud platform for taking Office from the desktop to every device, and Office for iPad is yet another step in that grand plan.
So do you guys think this is admission from Microsoft that taking the battle to Apple from the software front is better than do so from the hardware front. Do you think its a good idea by Microsoft? Let us know what you think.