Speculation Points toward Microsoft Unveiling Office for iPad on March 27
A recent report from the folks over at The Verge
claims Microsoft’s long-awaited Office for iPad may hit the App Store as soon as March 27 as CEO Satya Nadella is expected to announce the app during a scheduled “mobile first, cloud first” press event next week. The event is said to be the first in which Nadella will take the stage since being named CEO. Aside from the rumored Office for iPad announcement, Nadella will discuss Microsoft’s “mobile first, cloud first” strategy.
As far as the app itself goes, not much has been revealed though some are speculating the software will be based on the operation of Microsoft’s Office Mobile, which was released in June of 2013 as a companion to Office 365. The iPad app is also expected to require a subscription to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office strategy, although the exact details and functionality have yet to be laid out.
The reveal will come weeks before Microsoft’s Build conference, where the company is expected to outline Windows Phone 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 update. A preview of Windows 9 may also be a part of Build, though nothing has been officially confirmed.
It should be noted that the folks over at ZDNet
are also citing their own sources as saying Office for iPad will hit the App Store before the end of March. The publication notes that the March 27 event would be a good time for such an announcement. We’ll just have to wait and see though.
Are any of you looking forward to Office for iPad?
Source: The Verge