We’ve heard it was coming. Rumors started closing in on a date. And this morning in San Francisco, Microsoft came through and delivered, announcing the availability of its Office suite of applications for the iPad.
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are all going live in the App Store today, with full touch interfaces optimized for the iPad’s screen. There’s no sign of any new edition of Outlook, however.
Microsoft is presenting these apps with a freemium model. Anyone can download the Office apps for viewing documents, but if you want to create or edit, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. That’s not the solution all users were hoping for, but based on how the existing iPhone app operated, it’s far from unexpected.
These iPad apps are part of an ongoing strategy Microsoft has developed for Office 365, where it intends to give users the same high-quality access to its software no matter which device they chose, in what form factor, by means of new apps like we’re seeing today, combined with OneDrive for cloud-based document hosting and collaboration.
And finally, here’s exactly what you can and can’t do without that subscription: