Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that the downloads for Microsoft’s Office for iPad hit the 12 million download mark in only one week. The Microsoft Office app for iPad is free to download, but it has in-app purchases so it hit the top grossing list of apps. The suite of apps includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote. The free version of the apps lets users open and view files. The Office 365 subscription lets you create and edit documents.
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When you open up a Microsoft Office document online, you will notice that Clippy is back! You may remember Clippy from older versions of Microsoft Word. Clippy annoyingly would say things like “It looks like you’re writing a letter!” Clippy seems to have upgraded his skill-sets because now he can compose a tweet for you too.
Microsoft has finally launched Microsoft Office for the iPad. Microsoft Office will be utilizing a freemium business model. Microsoft will provide reading and presentation features for free in the new iPad app. People that have Office 365 subscriptions will have full access to the Microsoft Office suite for the iPad. Microsoft also launched an Enterprise Mobility Suite for IT to manage devices that are using Office.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) chief executive officer Satya Nadella may be unveiling an iPad version of Microsoft Office on March 27th, according to sources with Reuters. This would be Nadella’s first big press appearance as head of the company. Microsoft Office is the company’s most profitable product. Nadella succeeded CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year. Nadella will be talking to the press in San Francisco on May 27th. Investors have been pleading with Microsoft to release Office for Apple and Google mobile devices as it could generate around $2.5 billion in additional revenues per year. Microsoft released its note-taking app OneNote for free on the Mac App Store.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is planning to release Microsoft Office for iPad in the first half of 2014, according to ZDNet. ZDNet is reporting that Office for iPad may arrive before Windows-based tablets.
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Stephen Elop, the former CEO at Nokia, is on the short list of potential successors to outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. He was added to the list after Microsoft agreed to buyout Nokia’s device business for $7.2 billion. According to three sources with Bloomberg, Elop would bring Microsoft’s popular Office software to Android and iOS. Thus far, most of Microsoft’s software has been tied to running on Windows-only devices.
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Earlier this week, Adobe Systems announced that they switched from selling packaged software to a subscription system called Creative Cloud. Several people questioned whether Microsoft Corporation would follow suit with Microsoft Office.