After years and years of rumors, speculation, and begging, Microsoft has finally released Office for iPad. New CEO Satya Nadella has just announced it at a press conference going on right now. The app will be available to download later today from the Apple App Store. This version of Office is just like the one currently available for iPhone. It requires an Office 365 subscription for editing documents.
Currently, you can get Office 365 for individuals for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Microsoft now offers Office on all of Apple’s platforms: Mac, iPhone, and iPad. We recently wrote about how Microsoft was dominating the Mac App Store. This is Microsoft’s goal: to push their services until a user decides to use those services on a Microsoft device.
Microsoft has tried to push their services by creating their own hardware, but it hasn’t worked very well. Now they are pushing their services on the hardware and software from competitors, like iOS and Android. Only time will tell if this strategy will pay off or kill Microsoft. What will happen to products like the Surface now that other tablets have Office?
[via The Verge]