It’s been years since we began hearing the rumors of Microsoft Office reaching the iPad, and we have everything but a product. Reports have it that Ballmer wanted to launch the Windows’ touch-friendly variant of Office first, which is codenamed “Gemini”, before launching the iPad version, which is codenamed “Miramar”. Obviously with the recent executive shake-up that just happened at Redmond, lot’s of things will change, and this is one of them.
Sources close to Mary Jo Foley, famous for knowing what leaks we should trust, now claim that Ballmer had a change of heart before leaving the company. The Office team proposed that the company should ship whichever variant of Office is ready first, and as it turns out, it will be the iPad version.
The catch is that these sources still don’t know if this will be an Office 365 app, just like we have for the iPhone, or if it will be a true Office suite of apps. Give the fact that the biggest factor that differentiates Windows on a tablet is Office, our biggest bet is for this to require an Office 365 subscription, but we’ll hopefully know soon, as the sources claim that the launch will happen in the first-half of this year.