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No, not that Office. After Microsoft during Steve Ballmer’s tenure balked at Apple over making iWork and iLife iOS suites free, saying the move wasn’t such a big deal to begin with, the “new” Microsoft under the new CEO Satya Nadella’s leadership is seemingly strengthening its commitment to the Apple platform.

We already told you that the Redmond giant is gearing up to release a long-awaited update to its Office productivity suite for Mac later this year.

Reuters is now reporting that Office for iOS is ready and the decision to release it lies solely with the CEO…

Reuters ran the story under the headline ‘Microsoft poised to fight back as iPad generation shuns Office’.

Apparently the app generation, having grown “tired of waiting for Office to be optimized for their mobile gadgets,” is increasingly turning to alternatives (i.e. Google-owned Quickoffice).

Office for iOS could release any day now, or in the next few months.

Microsoft already has a full iPhone and iPad version of Office ready for release, the sources said. The only question is when Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who took over in February, will pull the trigger.

Although the CEO would love to widen Office’s user base, some Office for iOS features could be removed as he’s said to balance the app with its main Windows franchise. 

Office for iPad has been coming for ages and the delay has cost the Windows giant dearly, an estimated $2.5 billion per year in lost revenue. That said, Microsoft has some “pretty exciting plans” for the iOS edition of Office, the company’s marketing executive told the news gathering organization.

“Certainly, interest in Office on the iPad is extreme,” he said. “When customers want to do real work, they are going to want to use Office.”

The reason for the delay?

Internal politics.

The powerful Windows group and the younger but more profitable Office group have a patchy history of collaboration. 

But divisions remain. Some in the Windows camp want to make sure Office remains primarily a Windows experience, which should help sales of the Surface. Others in the Office camp, however, want to reach customers on as many platforms as possible.

Microsoft recently hinted at its readiness to port Office to other devices, including the iPad, in ways that meet our customers’ needs and in ways that make sense economically” for the company.

Is it too little too late for Office for iOS at this stage?

Do you have the need for Microsoft Office on your iPad?

Me, I long switched from Microsoft’s Office to Google Docs and never looked back.

  • Kenneth Lin

    I switched to iWork and can’t see myself regularly using Office even if it’s released for iOS, as it will be sure to use OneDrive than iCloud, and if the Office for Mac is any indication, lacks the simplicity and ease of use I’ve become accustomed to. Perhaps my only use for it would be the compatibility for certain documents. But then again, I don’t want to pay for their subscription service.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      I may use iWork if it has a windows version. A great number of iDevices users son’t own a mac.

      • Knightgeek

        Well they have the web apps which are pretty much exactly like the new desktop and iOS versions of iWork. Give it a shot.

      • Andrew Roth

        I use the web apps all the time and then work great. Just wish iLife was on there to…

    • jack

      iWork is light years behind Office in the corporate.. I do stuff with Excel that Numbers haven’t even dreamed of.

      • Kenneth Lin

        Well, I don’t really do spreadsheets, so I guess it doesn’t really affect me as a student. I’m not sure about how Pages compares to Word in terms of advanced features either, as I use it mainly for plain essays and documents. But I do think Keynote is just so far ahead of PowerPoint; Microsoft has no taste.

        For me, iCloud is the ultimate feature which prevents me from going back to Office. The elimination of the need to save and the lack of a complicated file system to deal with just relieves my life of countless of headaches.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    So is Office for iOS different to Office Mobile for Office 365?

  • Danuel Carr

    Meh, already satisfied with iWork.

  • Matt

    I’m excited because I need office for school otherwise i’d be with iWork but iWork is so watered down. And I have no clue in how to format a paper in MLA format.

    • Andrew Roth

      Hate to break it to ya, but using Office won’t magically put the knowledge of formatting into your head. 🙂

      • Hate to break it to ya, but you misinterpreted that sentence; he already knows about the MLA format, but can’t figure out how to do it in iWork…

      • Andrew Roth

        Lol. Guess I did misinterpret it, but if you know how to use Word, surely you know how to use Google.

      • Presuming iWork for iCloud is as bastardized as iWork for iOS, I couldn’t even use the horizontal ruler at the top of the document window to create the “hanging” format for sources/references. Tried the same in Word 2010…worked like a breeze.

        Perhaps that’s ’cause it’s still considered to be in beta…haven’t tried using the iOS version.

      • Andrew Roth

        It definitely can be hard to transition, but once you do, there’s no going back.

      • Can you do it? Can you use the ruler for creating the hanging format on your iPad? Only took 2 minutes to find out on both iCloud Pages and Word 2010 on my Surface Pro…speaking of transitioning, I never would consider transitioning to iWork when it’s got nothing more to offer me; I never settle for less.

      • Andrew Roth

        I don’t even know what the hanging format is and I don’t really care enough to look it up. (I’m only 14). It is purely personal choice.

      • Andrew Roth

        I know the basics of MLA. Again, I’m only in 9th grade.

      • Rowan09

        Office is the standard so it wouldn’t make sense going to a lesser version.

    • “And I have no clue in how to format a paper in MLA format.”

      I’m presuming you’re having troubole formatting your sources/references to the “hanging” format using the ruler? I couldn’t do that in iCloud pages…

  • omrishtam

    if it’s free then i don’t care…but if it isn’t then nah

  • Rowan09

    So after waiting forever we get a watered down version? No thank you.

  • Jamessmooth

    Any chance Apple doesn’t approve it?

  • It’s just slow? Thought it’ll be crashy, especially after the Mavericks update…at least that’s how it’s been on all my Mac using friend’s MacBooks after they moved to Mavericks.

  • “Do you have the need for Microsoft Office on your iPad?”

    Not on an iPad…never had need for an iPad. On my iPhone though, not at all, I don’t ever need nor want to edit my documents on such tiny screen as my Surface Pro never lives my side.

  • neoamaru

    i’m quite excited about this, i use MS Office @ work & i like my stuff to stay authentic (^^)

  • Mads Teland

    Google Docs is perfect and easy if you want to make your own market/user survey because Office does not have this 😉

  • on3simpleclick

    I would use Office for iOS, just because I use Office on my PC.
    But, if it is just an updated Office 365? to hell with that. no thanks.