Microsoft announces Office for iPad

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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.

Update: This is cool – apparently if you head out to a Microsoft retail store tomorrow, iPad in hand, and you’re one of the first 50-such people to stop by, Microsoft will hook you up with a free year of Office 365!

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And finally, here’s exactly what you can and can’t do without that subscription:

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Source: Microsoft

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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!