Microsoft working on Office suite for Apple’s iPad

By Tom Warren, on 29th Nov 11 10:21 pm with 89 Comments

Microsoft is reportedly working on an Office suite for Apple’s iPad device.

The software giant is working on adapting its Microsoft Office suite for use on Apple’s popular tablet iPad device. The Daily reported on Tuesday that its sources confirm Microsoft is readying an iOS friendly Office suite. WinRumors can confirm that Microsoft has been readying iOS versions of its popular Office applications for a number of months. Microsoft previously released its first Office application, OneNote for iPhone, earlier this year. The application hints at Microsoft’s further plans for Office on iOS. Microsoft’s plans for Office on iOS are matured according to our own sources but will not be made available until Microsoft’s metro style Office 15 is available, due next year.

The Daily also reports that Microsoft is preparing an OS X Lion version of its Office for Mac suite. Microsoft is currently readying updates for Office for Mac 2011 to further improve its OS X Lion support, including full-screen, autosave and Lion versions support. Microsoft is also addressing a number of bugs in its existing Office for Mac 2011 applications. Microsoft’s future Office for Mac edition will include support for the company’s SkyDrive service and will likely be distributed on Apple’s new Mac App Store.

Microsoft is also readying its own Office 15 application suite, designed with Windows 8 in mind. The software giant is currently preparing final milestone builds of Office 15 in preparation for a full beta in late January, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. Microsoft Office 15, the codename for the next version of Microsoft’s popular productivity suite, is tentatively scheduled for a beta 1 milestone in late January. Microsoft will provide a Technology Preview of the software initially, expected at CES 2012 alongside the Windows 8 beta. Office 15 will be designed with touch at the heart of the applications. Microsoft has redesigned the general look and feel of its popular Outlook email client to make it usable by touch, pen and mouse.

Microsoft refused to comment on the iPad Office rumors on Tuesday. A Microsoft spokesperson said ”we already deliver Office on multiple platforms and devices and are committed to expanding in the future, but have nothing further to share today,” to CNET’s News.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jairo-Luciano-Alves/100002545369889 Jairo Luciano Alves

    I feel impressed by the many different frontlines MS has been working on.. barely know how they can manage to put it all together. Keep up! :)

  • Anonymous

    Deliver it on the Windows 8 tablet first then port it out. Its like Halo being developed for the PS3 and Wii.

    • BadManDuke

      Not exactly.

      Halo CE was ported to the Mac after all.

    • Anonymous

      really well then any MS exclusive franchise ported to Playstation or Nintendo you get my drift right like what others are saying it takes affects the Windows brand why would somebody buy an iPad vs Win8 tablet well OFFICE is a big reason

    • BadManDuke

      Office already exists on the Mac platform. It makes sense to support those users and environments further on iOS. Otherwise they run the risk of losing ground to a competing product (like iWork).

      I for one, will take Windows 8 over iOS any day of the week not because of Office, but because it is a fully fuctional OS that is capable of running full software applications that don’t need to be dummied down.

      That’s the real power of Windows 8. You won’t need ports to run an existing product that you know already works well. Full blown Office vs. iOS Office is not even a close comparison.

    • Anonymous

      Yes I know I am all for Office on iOS BUT Office must arrive and be marketed on Windows 8 first and port a Office type APP next year.

      Here look at it this way MS releases Office on iOS q1-q2 2012 you have MR Joe looking to buy a tablet. Hes a business Joe he needs office BAM iPad sale. Business Joe no longer needs to buy a Windows 8 tablet because Office is on a iPad = 1 loss sale for Windows 8 tablets.

      I wouldn’t mind if MS releases Office with Windows 8 in Q3 then iOS office in Q4 2012 thats fine as long as Windows 8 gets the head start. It needs something to compete against the iPad a little slight edge alot of people dont want to use or not familiar with Apple Office APPS. MS Office is known world wide

    • Anonymous

      Well, Bungie was a Mac & Windows developer before being acquired by the Microsoft, and Halo was not originally intended to be a FPS. It was a real-time strategy game for both Mac and Windows PC’s. The first unveiling of Halo was at the 1999 Macworld Expo. I doubt Bungie has any regrets about the decision to sell to MS and making Halo an Xbox exclusive. Anyway, the port to the Mac was a breeze for Bungie as it took them to their roots. 

    • BadManDuke

      It was still a competing platform. Halo CE was also released on PC, and its not like they really needed it on platforms considering how well it did on Xbox.

    • Guest

      What does this mean? Office 15 is being developed for Windows. So by definition it will be on W8 tablets first. And the rumored full Metro Office will doubtless be an MRT app, so again by definition it will be on W8 tablets first (and only).   

  • Guest

    I guess iPad isn’t just about consumption after all, huh?

    • Anonymous

      it can’t run photoshop while win8 can, so no, just because it has an iwork equivalent from MSFT, it is no PC.

    • http://www.mainstreetchatham.com/ JimmyFal

      Not after were done with it…

    • Guest

      chuckle

  • Anonymous

    “The reason Microsoft can’t adopt an Office everywhere approach is that such an approach gets in the way of the company’s current goal of continuing the Windows era. If Microsoft makes a version of Office for other platforms, especially one that’s on par with the Windows offerings, that could lead to a further erosion of its Windows PC business. But this is exactly the kind of thinking that prevents Office from growing beyond the Microsoft safety net. And it ignores the fact that consumers and businesses are moving in ever-greater numbers to alternative computing platforms. This year, for the first time, more people will buy smartphones than PCs. It’s time to wake up.” – Paul Thurrott

    ….So should Paul start eating his words now?

    • Anonymous

      Paul didn’t say it wouldn’t happen, he just said it would be stupid. and MSFT is doing a stupid move.

    • Guest

      Actually he argued the exact opposite; that MS should wean itself from over reliance on Windows (and Office).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      That’s like saying iLife, Logic Pro & Final Cut Pro X should wean itself from reliance on the Mac.  It would be ludicrous for Apple to port those over to another platform.  Those apps are the Mac’s competitive advantages.  You don’t give away your competitive advantages. 

    • Anonymous

      MS is primarily a software company. It just so happens that the people using Windows do so on a ‘Windows’ PC, because it is an operating system that runs on that hardware.

      Office is not an operating system, so therefore they shouldn’t care what it is running on, only that they keep selling it. If macs had 95% market share MS would still be reasonably fine, as long as everyone continued to use Office (and pay for it).

  • http://twitter.com/peterpulmonary1 peter terry

    in the long run,  windows and office may be the killer apps that apple and other hardware manufacturers are competing to accommodate.  and of course this is the msft long range plan, and always has been

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      Office is THE killer app.  Windows needs Office, not vice versa.

  • guest

    This is a big mistake. If Microsoft wants to become a major player in the tablet and mobile markets they should release Office for Windows 8 tablets and Windows phones ONLY. My brother who owns an iPhone was lamenting the fact that he couldn’t use Office on his iPhone. Office is one of the significant advantages Windows tablets and phones have over iPads and iPhones. Office exclusivity on Microsoft devices will be a driving force in businesses adopting Microsoft tablets and phones. Maybe, after Windows tablets and Windows phone gain a large enough market share, Microsoft can release Office for iOS, but it shouldn’t before.

    • BadManDuke

      I have to disagree.

      Office is a major cashcow for MS. It makes sense for them to push the software where they think they can attain growth.

      I do agree that they need to support their own platforms, but I think they can do this by combining services that don’t exist on other platforms (such as Skydrive) with Office on Windows Phone to create a better offering.

      Putting offerings like Office on other platforms serves to build bridges with customers who might be wary of the Windows ecosystem. Otherwise those people will simply look for an alternative.

    • Anonymous

      “Putting offerings like Office on other platforms serves to build bridges with customers who might be wary of the Windows ecosystem”

      if you’re wary of windows your’e wary of office.

      “Office is a major cashcow for MS. It makes sense for them to push the software where they think they can attain growth”
      what kind of growth?  a few millions earned (of which 30% goes to apple) to essentially torpedo your own billion cash making machine is stupid and totally not worth it. MSFT will never be profitable selling ipad apps, period.

    • BadManDuke

      “if you’re wary of windows your’e wary of office”

      Tell that to the Mac users who also use Office.

      “what kind of growth?”

      You have to realize that by offering Office on other platforms, competing products have a lower chance of gaining traction. By extension that also serves to shore up Windows since that is where the Office is best. If a business if Mac only for example (such as studios), would you prefer if they used Office or a different product?

    • Anonymous

      Seriously a few million?  Apple charges $9.99 for pages on the iPad, same for Numbers and Keynote.

      How many iPad’s are there today…40 million?  They reproted 25million sold in June 6th of 2011  How many will there be after the iPad 3 in the spring…70 million (including this holiday sales).

      Lets say Microsoft does the same thing $10 for Word, same for Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote (please).

      Lets say 35million of the 70 million (when this launches on the iPad) purchase 2 of the 4.  That is $14 for Microsoft ($6 for Apple) times 35million…..or 490 million….aka half a BILLION.  There is ZERO cost for packaging and ZERO cost for shipping or ZERO cost for distribution.  They send a single copy of each to Apple to put on iTunes. 

      Call me crazy but a a MS shareholder, this is a NO BRAINER!

    • Anonymous

      I would rather have MS build and market office on the Windows 8 and Windows phone platform then port it to OSX and iOS.

      If Microsoft doesn’t make OS’s then yeah I agree make them for all platforms but MS is a big player in this game their top AAA software titles should work best on their systems first then port it out.

      I dont see Apple releasing Logic Pro on Windows computers and look at that marketshare

    • BadManDuke

      So would I, but the market doesn’t exactly allow that.

      Apple doesn’t have over 90% marketshare and can’t afford to release their key products on other platforms. Microsoft on the other hand, can and it gives them the opportunity to bring in revenue from the 10% not running Windows.

    • Guest

      MS already offers Office on OS X. So what’s the issue? It makes sense to support iOS. It’s a huge platform and Apple is using it to push their competing productivity offerings.

      Also, we don’t know the details. Will this be in the App Store and compete against Pages, etc, or will it be something more capable and only available to enterprise customers directly, perhaps as part of software assurance?

      MS isn’t stupid. If they’re doing this it’s either because they think there’s money there or they feel they have no other choice to protect the money they already make from Office. I would expect the W8 tablet version of Office to be a superset of the iPad version, partly because you’re dealing with a fully capable OS and not a stunted one. But if Office is the only thing W8 has to be compelling on tablets, then it deserves to lose to iPad. 

    • Anonymous

      Office is a big feature but its not the only thing. Its a great introduction to consumers look you have a tablet that can multitask, live tiles OH and it has Office does Playbook, iPad or Android have that NO. It can pursuade businesses to buy Windows 8 tablets instead. I am all for iOS having Office but after Windows 8 gets it.

    • Guest

      @based_graham:disqus 

      You’re getting pretty worked up about a product none of us know anything about. What I see as likely is that W8 x86 and ARM will both get Office 15 and some sort of Office fully re-imagined for Metro. iPad is unlikely to get either. The goal for iPad will be to limit adoption of Pages, etc, while extending the reach of Office to include that platform. That could take the form of a native app competitor to Pages, etc. and/or an HTML5-based extension of Office 365. Either way, W8 tablets shouldn’t be at a disadvantage.

    • Test1ngi23

      The average copy of Office costs about the same as Windows. ~$200. Microsoft’s primary goal is not selling Windows, it’s making money. By supporting the iPad, they have a HUGE opportunity to make billions.

    • Guest

      Not. Even. Close.  And iPad apps average .99 cents.

    • Anonymous

      Business Apps on iPad have no average. iWork is broken down into three apps $10 each. Quick Office is also $10 and documents to go is $15. Quick office and Documents to go have a huge following of people that love it. I believe all of them are capable of exporting to MS Office documents and files as well. 

      Basically Microsoft is allowing a decent size of the market be soaked up by Apple and smaller companies.

      I also think you are confused, iPhone apps average about .99cents to $3.00. iPad apps are a bit pricier $2-$15.

    • Anonymous

      that’s ridiculous. they won’t. first of all there is already iwork. second, the will not make millions because mobile app prices are on a race to the bottom, third, for every billion they make 300 million go to apple.

      no office for ipad will just be a rounding error in office revenues and probably cost msft the tablet war. this is a huge mistake for spare change on the anemic ipad market.

    • Anonymous

      You are clueless.  Microsoft Office is one of if not “the” number one selling app on Mac’s.  I read (like two years ago) that Office on the Mac makes up 40% of Office sales.

      So when the next Apple financial results roll out in a few months and they state they sold 5.x million Mac’s and 10.x million iPad’s you dont think Microsoft should try to make money off of that?

    • Guest

      @rrode74:disqus 

      “I read (like two years ago) that Office on the Mac makes up 40% of Office sales.”

      You need to stop using Cult of Mac as your primary news source.

    • Anonymous

      Yes they have the chance to make billions of dollars but at the same time they are hurting their own Windows brand name.

    • BadManDuke

      You could also see it as capturing some revenue rather having none at all.

      Moves like this keep them in the (current) public eye until their own offering is ready. The long wait for Windows 8 on tablets hurts much more than offering Office on iPad does.

    • Anonymous

      Capture the revenue after you launch your Operating System.

    • Guest

      Average copy of Office costs the same as Windows? Dude, what color is the sky on your planet?

    • Anonymous

      agreed. huge mistake. essentially they are giving away 30% of their revenue to apple. absolutely stupid.

    • Anonymous

      Or not making that 70% on millions, upon million of sales.

    • OMG55

      Everyone need to go to microsoft suggestion site and voice their concerns. Maybe they will listen; they seen to be taking customer suggestions seriously. I will login tonight and make the statement. Again everyone needs to voice their opinion through the MS suggestion portal.

    • Guest

      You guys are living in denial, sorry. iPad is a MAJOR success. It’s too late to pretend the Genie didn’t get out of the bottle or can be reinserted anytime soon. Trust me, I’m sure Ballmer and MS wish they could. So now MS has to choose between limited options, all of them shitty to one degree or another. That’s what happens when you allow yourself to get beaten so badly.  Of those shitty options, this one makes the most sense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      Ever heard the story of the tortoise and the hare? Being the fastest out of the gate doesn’t guarantee long-term success or that you will win.

    • Guest

      No, it’s an acknowledgment of a previous mistake, which was to let Apple take over the tablet market than MS pioneered for a decade. If they don’t offer Office on iPad soon, then within a year you will have 100-150 million users of Pages, Keynote, Numbers, etc.

    • BadManDuke

      Good to see that somebody is paying attention.

      There are alternatives to MS products out there. Any vacant spot Office, or any other MS product doesn’t attempt to fill, will be filled by something else. Filling that void by keeps them at bay.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Adams-White/647642428 Derek Adams-White

      ‘pioneered’ or let die so that Apple could step in with the iPad? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      You really think people want to or like to use iWork? Keynote is the only app that gets rave reviews.  Plus, how well does iWork integrate into the enterprise and with Office for Windows in terms of document compatibility.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      I totally agree.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, Documents-to-Go does a much, much better job with Office spreadsheets and documents on the iPhone than Mobile Office does on WP7.  It doesn’t limit you to Office 2010 formats and opens saved spreadsheets with the correct active cell rather than A1.  Hoping that Dataviz comes up with a WP7 app so I can ditch Office.  And Win8 tablets will be computers rather than large format iPod Touches.

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    One less reason to buy a Windows OS tablet. Opens another window for the ipad to adopted fully by the enterprise. What would be the reason to adopt a Windows tablet when an ipad has Office and will have custom enterprise applications created for it? Huge mistake.

    • Anonymous

      yup stupid from them in all counts. you can bet apple would release ads the next day to tell you to ditch your windows pc for an ipad with office. yeah msft, all for miserable revenues in the apple appstore of which 30% will go to pay for the apple ads to get people away from your platform, and eventualy office suite. talk about financing your own killer.

    • Anonymous

      Its like MS saying OK PS3 has 55 million users lets release Halo 4 on that platform to make more sales and lets release Halo on iOS and Android alongside WP7 and 360

    • Guest

      And if the PS3 were doubling every year like iPad is, then MS would have to consider that.

    • Anonymous

      iPad doesn’t have a true competitor. I have faith in MS I hope they dont sell out.

    • Anonymous

      That depends how functional the Ipad version is compared to win8. I bet this will be the equivalent of Office basic, while the win 8 will be fully functional office. The ipad users will get to do basic editing and will still need a full version at work to run on either win 8 or a mac. It will make that much harder for a business to switch to a competing product since their employees will be more familiar with MS Office.

    • Larry

      Or it opens the door to 20-50 million sales.  That is a fact right now.  Lets say the sell each app for $10 like Apple does for Pages, Numbers and Keynote on the iPad.  That is a huge chunk of money.  Also once the iPad 3 drops (before Windows 8 ARM tablets) the number of potential sales goes up and up and up. 

      How many sales of Office will they get from Windows 8 ARM based tablets?  That is a total unknown and even if the best numbers are achieved I doubt it will be anything close to iPad numbers.

      Why not be the KING of Office on all all platforms that matter?

  • Anonymous

    knowing MSFT, the win8 version will have less functionality just like their bing apps.

    • Guest

      Bad assumption. Office is a major cash cow. Bing is a major cash loser. MS can’t afford to have Office sales decline. And as good as Office for Mac is, there’s a long history of it being better still on Windows.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      “And as good as Office for Mac is, there’s a long history of it being better still on Windows.” 

      I wonder if that’s a political or technical decision.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rajeshvuta Rajesh Vuta

    Very disappointed……Looks like Microsoft is going to end up a software vendor developing software for ‘platforms’ just like when they started the company developing Office for Mac.  May be they are losing the platform race and not even trying to fight. 

    one more reason for us to consider ipad3 after taking into account  the latest news that ARM Win tablets will not arrive till mid 2013.??

    • http://twitter.com/kid_jenius Daniel Paulino

      you’re talking about Windows ARM *****LAPTOPS******** not tablets. tablets will arrive sooner

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      To me an ARM laptop is kind of redundant.  I would much rather get an Ultrabook based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge or Haswell (2013) processor so that I can run Metro and full desktop apps.  Then when I need a device to tag along with me when I don’t need the full power of the notebook, I’ll take an Windows 8 tablet.

  • OMG55

    just submitted my thought about this on microsoft’s suggestion box.

  • http://circuitsoft.tumblr.com CircuitSoft

    To Microsoft: Please do not put office on any apple products and sue apple for the ability to run windows and windows applicatons and remove any products made by microsoft for apple products. Then release Windows 8 with a basic version of office with word, powerpoint, and excel. Then make sure Windows Live is preinstalled on windows 8 computers. Then forcefully update all windows computers and if they have lower than windows 7, advertise and remind them to get windows 8. Then detect anyone using anything other than bing and internet explorer and remove all non microsoft stuff and replace it with better microsoft stuff. Make Microsoft Security Essentials and microsoft security products to detect competitor hardware as incompatible or containing a virus and detect competitor software, like itunes, as a virus. I know this is extreme but it may work.

    • Anonymous

      Then get prosecuted by the DOJ  for Monopolistic practices, pay huge fines, and be forced to unbundle all the programs you just bundled.

    • Test1ngi23

      Talk about shooting yourself in the foot…

  • Seth_p

    This is welcoming – this probably would have a higher adoption rate than… *cough* iWorks. I don’t think it’s a bad idea to bring their name across different platforms… later next year when users get the option of a Windows 8 tablet vs iPad, I think the decision will be much more clear. I’d like to hope at least!

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Even with Office, I’d never buy an iPad.  Just too limited from a hardware standpoint.  The slew of available form factors running Win8 will give iPad a nice run for its money.

  • http://twitter.com/cris178 Cristian

    i dont know where to stand on this it could hurt microsoft and benefit them. this would totally make owners of ipads show off to others that they have office and their freinds would be like ” oh well ipad really can do anything why would i want windows 8 tablet when ipad is more hipster and it has office” but on the other side Microsoft will have even more money but it revenues would be cut 30% and it would hurt windows 8 sells. the only way i see Microsoft making it even if it makes a much less worthy version on the ipad one that would piss people off and fully integrate office into windows 8 with revolutionary features like being able to write with a stylus that isn’t triple the size of a normal pen and work just fine.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      damned if you do.  damned if you don’t.

  • http://twitter.com/cris178 Cristian

    But what this really makes me pissed of about is that they are releasing office on other platforms but still slowing making zune kill itself. why hasn’t it even been on mac.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      The zune brand is slowly dying.  Everything entertainment related will be merging under the Xbox Live umbrella.

  • Anonymous

    Windows isn’t the top OS because Office runs on it. What will make W8 the top OS on tablets is licensing to hardware manufacturers. In the long run, W* tablets should become considerably less expensive compared to Ipad with greater functionality. This is how MS won the pc war and this is how they will beat Apple on tablets. The real competitor on tablets will be Android. However, W8 will be more functional and hopefully the apps will run across all the platforms, tablets, pc, and phones. That should make Android considerably less desirable, especially for enterprises.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      I disagree.  Windows is the top OS because of Office.  Office, used by at least one billion people, is the most widely used application in the world.  And it’s very good at what it does.  Many people I know who are waiting for Windows 8 tablets are doing so because they want to run Office on it. 

      As far as Android being desirable in the enterprise.  From what I know it never has been.  Even the iPad is beating Android in the enterprise by a wide margin.  But again it doesn’t have MS Office.  If this rumor is right that will change.

  • Anonymous

    Steve Ballmer will kill this, office 15 will be windows 8 and windows phone exclusives

    • Guest

      Yeah, I’d put my faith in Steve, the bozo who lost the mobile and tablet market in the first place.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      I wouldn’t doubt this at all.  Office is MS’ biggest weapon & strength.  In my opinion, Office is the biggest thing MS ever did right.

  • Anonymous

    Android is who MSFT should really worry about, apple has the hype now but when those hundreds of windows 8 tablets drop globally. The war will be against Android

  • Joel Job

    If only now MS can get Silverlight to run on iOS – then they will become truely platform independent. I think it is a good move, but we will have to see what comes from it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      plug-ins like Flash or Silverlight for mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets are dead. 

  • Robin Ashe

    If they’re going to be releasing it for $10, it’s going to be something equivalent to Office 2010 Starter Edition. Basic versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. Then if you want the big boys version of it, you still need to go for Windows 8.

    And really they have to do it, LibreOffice will get ported to iOS and have an iPad version (and Android). If Office isn’t available on iOS or Android, it’ll go the way of Flash losing to HTML5.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      The only legitimate competitor to Office on iPad is iWork from Apple.  All other office suites are junk.  Office is the defacto standard for office suites & right now nothing else comes to close.

      The single biggest reason that people who use desktop Office (Mac or Windows) want to have Office for iPad is for document fidelity.  The last thing these people need is for their documents to break due to compatibility issues.

  • papamoto

    Paul Thurott is supportive of Microsoft doing this.    Microsoft is a software company, so why wouldn’t they take some of their products like Office and make compatible versions for everything out there.  Office on iOS, Mac, Linux, Android.   Sell it cheap and they’d make a killing.  Office makes Microsoft just as much money as Windows does.  Even with the rise of iPads, tablets, smartphones, does anyone really think that Windows is somehow in jeopardy? 

  • albee

    Why do people think that these windows 8 tablets are going to come in cheaper than the ipad? Have you not heard of Apple’s logistics operation? You cant beat Apple on price any more unless you want to give away your stuff for free. And if you give it away for free you’d better be Amazon or Samsung and have some way of off setting your losses.

    The real issue is that Apple have worked out how to beat all of the windows OEM’s on build price. Either OEM’s cant make a profit with these tablets or MS wont make a profit with OS sales. Either way apple is squeezing these guys senseless. They are buying all the avaible components in bulk at discount for like 2yrs in advance! 

    Not one OEM has been able to deliver a tablet with the same build quality and features as an ipad at a lower price. Not one! HP and Amazon have found the market price for non-apple tablets.. £199 dollars!
    All the OEM’s would go bankrupt at that price trying to deliver anything like ipad quality.
    MS must be working its but off trying to optimize win8 cos its going to be super hard to deliver a comparable experience to the ipad on low quality hardware (which is the only way OEM’s will be able to compete).

    The “autonomous” Office dept. must be saying to the rest of MS .. “screw you guys I’m gonna make some money right now!” … I agree with them. The rest of the company has misread the whole market…

  • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

    “Microsoft’s future Office for Mac edition will include support for the company’s SkyDrive service”
    ?? Office for Mac 2011 already supports SkyDrive …

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Yeah. I had posted about the extended version the same rumor: http://www.appatic.com/2011/12/office-suite-for-ios-will-be-like.html

  • Nasher Dezno

    I was rather disappointed in the OneNote app for the iPad, Awesome Note is a lot cheaper and more powerful. The only compelling feature is the integration with Skydrive.