Microsoft Office for iPad finally launching tomorrow?

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A few weeks back, we started seeing new motion in an otherwise long-dormant story: the release of Microsoft Office for Apple’s iPad. We’d been hearing about the idea forever, but it never seemed to go anywhere. But then last month rumors started claiming that a launch could occur by summer, followed last week by the suggestion that we wouldn’t have to wait nearly so long, and Microsoft could unveil the suite at a March 27 event. Tonight the same rumor is back, with new sources doubling-down on Office for iPad launching tomorrow.

This latest update comes to us from The Wall Street Journal, having heard from “people familiar with the matter” that new CEO Satya Nadella intends to unveil the software at tomorrow’s press briefing. The festivities are set to get underway at 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern) 10am P/2pm E.

Last we heard, Office for iPad was likely to require an Office 365 subscription, and while this WSJ report wasn’t able to confirm that detail, it couldn’t dismiss it either. Considering analyst talk about how the software’s release might spur adoption of the service, however, we’re still inclined to believe that the 365 requirement may be in place.

Check back with us tomorrow afternoon for full details on Microsoft’s news, assuming this launch takes place as expected.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!