March 18, 2014
The long-rumored and long-awaited iPad edition of Microsoft Office is reportedly set to be launched on March 27. According to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Microsoft is scheduled to hold a press event in San Francisco on that day. The event is said to be "focused on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing," suggesting that Microsoft Office for iPad is indeed part of the agenda:
According to several sources of mine, Microsoft's latest timetable calls for the company to finally introduce the long-rumored Microsoft Office for iPad suite of applications before the end of March 2014. This March 27 event sounds like it might be the time and place.Microsoft's recently appointed CEO, Satya Nadella, is scheduled to open the event and is expected to unveil Office for iPad himself. Last month, a report said that the iPad suite would be launched in the first half of this year. Then, just a few days ago, it was reported that Microsoft already had a full version of Office ready to be released for iPhone and iPad, but that the decision as to when to unveil the suite would be up to Nadella. Well, it appears that the "when" has been set to Thursday next week. Office for iPad is said to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote only. It's expected to be downloadable from the App Store free of charge, but require an Office 365 subscription, just like Office Mobile for iPhone (which was released last June). Earlier today, Microsoft released OneNote for Mac as a free download in the Mac App Store. The company is also expected to release a new version of Office for Mac later this year. See also: Following Its Launch On The Mac App Store, OneNote Gets Support For IFTTT, Microsoft Releases My Apps For Windows Azure Active Directory Users On iOS, and Microsoft Updates Xbox One SmartGlass For iOS With Several Enhancements.