Office for iPAd (WYSIWYG)

Microsoft announced today that downloads for its newly-released Office for iPad suite have surpassed another major milestone. The company’s Julia White told a crowd at its TechEd conference in Houston this morning that the software has been download over 27 million times, more than double the figure shared a month ago…

Windows blogger Paul Thurrott tweeted the milestone (via BusinessInsider):

Now, keep in mind that this number only accounts for direct downloads of the free versions of Excel, Word and PowerPoint—not actual paying customers. In April Microsoft said that it only had around 4.4 million paid Office for iPad subscribers, so it’s tough to tell in what capacity the remaining 23 million downloads are being used.

But regardless of how you slice it, the number is a good sign for Microsoft. It essentially proves that despite being years late, Office—the company’s largest money-maker—can still see some success on the iPad. A quick look at the App Store shows that Word is still in the top 5 free iPad apps, and both Excel and PowerPoint are top 30.

If you haven’t checked them out yet, you can find Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the App Store. OneNote as well.

  • jack

    yeah, everybody downloaded it to check it out and when they saw $30 bucks per month to edit documents they just said nah

    • Eric M

      Exactly!! Can they tally how many millions of times its been deleted ?

      • Adel Ali

        26 Million

      • 26,999,999 and the other one is the CEO

    • Domodo

      It’s actually $10 per month, which is 3 times less than what you said for a service that is, in my opinion, far better than Keynote/Numbers/Pages. (Desktop versions of those apps are utterly useless for any serious work.)
      Oh, did I mention 20GB of cloud storage that come with it, and actual storage, which is 4 times more than what Apple offers?
      Try being less full of shit.

  • Ara Rezaee

    If MS thinks that I’m going to pay even a dime to “subscribe” for something they made, they’ve got another think coming!

  • onebyone_

    correction: this suite should be name as “Office viewer Lite” then if you need edit documents just update to a real Office with a year subscription. microsoft scammers…and apple need a new CATEGORY ASAP! “Freemium Apps” to put there this app and other scammers sh*t.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Even worse than what you’re describing is paid apps that require in-app-purchases to fully utilise them…

    • Domodo

      You’re butthurt that a high quality service costs extra? On an Apple blog? LOL! Great, then enjoy using your sub par Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
      I don’t see the problem.

  • Stayo

    Hey i know this is not the place for this, but dose anyone know to downgrade iOS 7.1.1 to iOS 7.0.X??

    • onebyone_

      sorry you can’t, apple is not signing iOS7.0.X

  • TonyC

    ‘fraid not. I just need Word and why pay $100 per year for something that MIGHT be reasonable at 29.99 for the app?

  • This could have been an even bigger win-win if they evenly dissected the Family $10/month plan for individuals…guess it’s a family plan or a blatant rip-off plan for competing platforms.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I waited all these years just to realize that Pages, Number, and Keynote, combined with Dropbox and notability will do just fine.

  • Byron C Mayes

    Yep, I “downloaded” it.

    Paying on a monthly basis to really use it? That’s another story. (though PowerPoint as a mobile presentation device will likely see some activity those rare times I’m not using Prezi).