Will Microsoft finally announce Office for iPad?

After nearly two years since the speculations began, Microsoft Corp. is now reportedly poised to announce an Office app for Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft is scheduled to unveil the company’s office suite for the iPad at a press briefing that focuses on the “intersection of cloud and mobile computing” in San Francisco on March 27, according to a report in the online technology publication

The report, however said, that the new app will only include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Office for iPad will likely be downloadable from the Apple Store but will also probably require a Microsoft Office 365 subscription just as Office Mobile for iPhone does.

Microsoft, however, has not yet commented on whether the Office for iPad announcement is going to part of the March 27 press briefing.

Talks of an Office app for iPad have been brewing since 2011.

Znet reported that last week former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made comments that alluded the app, codenamed “Miramar” was going to be released Microsoft’s touch-first version of Office which is codenamed “Gemini.”

Gemini is a Metro style, Windows version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.


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Nestor E. Arellano
Nestor E. Arellano
Toronto-based journalist specializing in technology and business news. Blogs and tweets on the latest tech trends and gadgets.

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