Microsoft introduced Office for iPad, you can download today
After months of rumors and speculation at a special event in San Francisco, Microsoft finally presented a special version of the suite Office, which is designed for use with Apple iPad. The premiere proved to be the first major appearance before an audience of Satya Nadella as head of Microsoft. Applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) can be downloaded from the App Store later this evening. Software have a new interface that is optimized for use via a touch screen. The event was explicitly stated that it was developed from scratch for applications, not ports on the version of Windows.
Distribution package is called freemium model – anyone can use it for consideration and presentation of documents, but editing is required subscription to Office 365. There is an option to share files and collaborate on them, and formatting will be maintained regardless of the device. Supports work with files from your tablet and those stored in the cloud service OneDrive.
Here is the official statement:
Today in San Francisco, we made some exciting announcements about our company’s mobile first, cloud first approach. Office played a big part in today’s news. Over a billion people on the planet use Microsoft Office to get more done at work and at home. Every day we hear from you how important it is to have a great productivity experience on all the devices you use. We take that very seriously – we know that means you want the authentic experience of Office, made right for the device you’re using. Whether you’re creating an Excel spreadsheet on your tablet, authoring a Word document in the browser or making edits to a PowerPoint on your phone, you want the great Office experience you love, everywhere you are. Today, we unveiled Office for iPad® – specifically Word, PowerPoint and Excel. But this isn’t simply Office on another device. We thought a lot about what people want to do when they’re on their tablet, iPad functionality, and touch-first when we were building Office for iPad. We reimagined Office on the iPad, while retaining what people love about Office. We hope you’ll be as pleased with the results as we are. In the future, we will bring Office apps to the Windows Store and other popular platforms. In addition to Office for iPad, we’ve gone a step further in our mobile first and cloud first approach, and like Windows Phone, we’ve now made Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones available for free.