MS Office for iPad Seizes Top Four Free Spots in Apple’s App Store

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Microsoft's Office Suite for iPad, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, in that order, have seized the top four spots in the Free section of Apple's App Store.

This isn't surprising, considering the pent-up demand for the product. Of course, there are many reasons for the skyrocket trip to the top. Part of it could be dissatisfaction with iWork. Part of it could be curiosity. And part of it could be some old-fashioned desire to dig in and get some work done on a favored platform, the iPad.

As we noted on Thursday, the suite is free for reading or presenting, but in order to create or edit documents, an Office 365 subscription is required. That costs $99/yr, and it's been reported that Apple will take its customary 30 percent.

This pricing scheme was a smart move by Microsoft. Customers are not accustomed to paying a lot of money for iPad apps, and this allows customers to try the apps out first. It may well, then, lead to the Office 365 subscription.

This is a good start for the venerable Office suite, but it remains to be seen how long these productivity apps can hold on to spots #1,2,3 and 4. The longer they stay on top, the more validated Microsoft's decision will be.

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MacFrogger

Re: “This is a good start for the venerable Office suite, but it remains to be seen how long these productivity apps can hold on to spots #1,2,3 and 4. The longer they stay on top, the more validated Microsoft’s decision will be.”

Spot on John!

geoduck

Microsoft’s Office Suite for iPad, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, in that order, have seized the top four spots in the Free section of Apple’s App Store. This isn’t surprising, considering the pent-up demand for the product.

Or it could be proof of P.T. Barnum’s famous line.
OK that’s enough of my being snarky for today.

Part of it could be dissatisfaction with iWork.

That very well could be. I’ve tried using Pages for a few months now and I’m going back to OpenOffice. Pages is just weird. It does odd things that I neither expect or want it to do, so I find it awkward. Some like it, as they say YMMV, but it just wash’t a comfortable fit for my style.

in order to create or edit documents, an Office 365 subscription is required. That costs $99,

Per year, $99 per year, every year. It’s a subscription service that you pay for forever. That’s why MS is pushing Office365 so hard, (and for that matter Adobe with their CreativeCloud). it’s a new cash cow that benefits the company over the customer. It’s one of the reasons I won’t even consider MSOffice on any of my systems.

But then I have that luxury.

Paul Goodwin

$99/yr seems excessive to me. I think I paid $300 for Office 2008 Mac in 2008. It still works great. That’s $50 a year for 6 years, so it’s twice as expensive, plus it’s gone when you’re done paying.

Since you can’t create with the free versions, and Pages and Numbers does an OK job converting most Office files, I think I’ll pass on the $99/yr for just home use.

Paul Goodwin

The $300 was the upgrade price in 2008. The non-upgrade price was $500.

mrmwebmax

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Just downloaded and installed Word, Excel, and PPT on my iPad 2. I opened a corp PPT presentation (haven’t tried Word or Excel yet) and am very pleased with what I see. Very accurate compared to the desktop version. Not sure if this will prompt me to get a 365 subscription, as I don’t have any personal need to do so, but could definitely see my employer springing for it. (They already got Creative Cloud for me, so I doubt Office 365 would be a big deal.)

Anyone have the apps and 365 who can comment on editing and creation capabilities?

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