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According to reports from The Daily, Microsoft are apparently working on getting together a copy of Office for the iPad. According to undisclosed sources, they are actively working on adapting the popular software suite which includes, Word, Powerpoint, Excel as well as others, to get it ready for Apple’s iPad.
In addition to an iPad version of the software, they are also said to be working on a new edition of Office for OS X Lion, due to be released sometime next year. The current version of Microsoft Office only supports OS X versions up to Snow Leopard.
This suite of software would mean Microsoft will compete directly with Apple’s own version of these tools which are included in their iWorks suite. It’s more than likely then that the price point will be around these packages as well, which is about $10. Microsoft did acknowledge just after the iPads introduction to the market in early 2010 that they were “looking at” the possibility of bringing office to the iPad.
Of course it’s quite obvious to see why Microsoft would be interested in getting the Office suite on the iPad and iOS platfrom. The iPad has been a resounding success for Apple with many people using it for presentations and the like. Besides that, Microsoft do already offer some apps for the iPad, including Bing and Windows Live Messenger.
What’s more, Microsoft haven’t yet given us a look at a new touch-friendly version of Office that will run on Windows 8 powered tablets when they’ll probably be released, something next year.
Microsoft haven’t commented directly on this issue, but did release this statement
“We already deliver Office on multiple platforms and devices and are committed to expanding in the future, but have nothing further to share today,”