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Microsoft Office for iPad to touchdown on March 27th

By Simon Thomas on 18th March 2014

Apple iPad Air

 

Microsoft Office for iPad will be unveiled at a Microsoft event on March 27th and will be available to download from iTunes the very same day.

 

The application, which is already available on iPhone and Android, will enable users to create and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents on their tablet.

 

Microsoft Office for iPad will be fully optimised to take advantage of larger tablet displays and should prove a real hit with business users across the world. It'll be compatible with all iPads running on iOS 6.1 or newer, including the flagship iPad Air (pictured above).

 

To use the iPhone and Android versions of Microsoft Office you need an Office 365 subscription (available from £7.99 a month) and we see no reason why the iPad version would be any different.

 

Windows Phone 8 tablets, such as Nokia's Lumia 2520, have always proved popular with business because they come pre-loaded with Microsoft Office (for free). Could Microsoft's decision to release Office for the iPad reduce sales of tablets running on the Windows platform?

 

We would think so, but the revenue generated from subscriptions should more than offset any reduction in tablet sales. Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

 

We'll bring you more information about Microsoft Office for iPad on March 27th.

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