Microsoft Announces Office For iPad

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave a talk Thursday morning in San Francisco about Microsoft's vision for mobile devices, and made a few announcements, the most notable being the release of full versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPads running iOS 7. They are free apps, allowing for reading/presenting documents on the iPad. In order to create or edit documents, an Office 365 subscription is required.

Mr. Nadella's presentation emphasized the customer as the important part of the experience, not the screen they use. So not only is there an Office for iPad option, but Office for Android was also announced. As part of the demonstration, it was pointed out that there is now "file fidelity" across all the versions of Office.

Along with new versions of Office, the Enterprise Mobility Suite was also unveiled. This is an IT-focused set of cloud services for mobile device management as well as data and identity protection for corporate IT departments to wrangle the wide (and expanding) variety of hardware now available in the enterprise.

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More about Office for iPad is available on the Office Blog, and if you want to find out more about Mr. Nadella's mobile-first, cloud-first vision, you can check out his blog post, or watch the intro video.