Microsoft Office for iPad Downloads Top 12M

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Downloads for Microsoft's Office for iPad hit the 12 million mark in just one week, showing that despite the company's late entry into the mobile game, there's still plenty of consumer interest. The apps are free to download, but thanks to in-app purchases, they quickly hit the top grossing list, too.

12 million downloads in ones week. Not bad for the late comer.12 million downloads in ones week. Not bad for the late comer.

The app suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote as individual downloads. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will only let users open and view files. With an Office 365 subscription, however, you can also create and edit documents.

Microsoft waited several years before bringing Office to the iPad, giving several other developers a big opportunity to step in and create their own apps. That long lead time called into question whether or not Microsoft had missed the boat and given away its chance to own Office on the iPad.

Based on the number of downloads so far, Microsoft seems to be doing just fine with its iPad apps. Looks like there was still room in the iPad market for Big Redmond.

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Microsoft may have been late to the game, but it's clear there were plenty of iPad owners who wanted Office apps straight from the source instead of from third-party developers.

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Well, I don’t know about how this 12M will end up stacking up. I’m sure there are quite a few people who are downloading it for the curiosity factor only and won’t ever really use them.

Then there are those who are expecting a full app, and will be extremely disappointed that they can’t edit anything.

The key will be how many actually sign up for a yearly subscription fee for Office. If it ends up being anywhere near 10%, it is a huge success. But I wouldn’t count on that.

Does anyone reading use Office 365? My wife’s company did, but she left them and doesn’t want to pay yearly. Nor do I. It would be very useful (if done well) for those already with the subscription.


My company uses Office365 and it works extremely well for me.

I have no reason to approve Surface requests any longer (I didn’t approve them before, but only because I said this was coming and the longer we waited the more my senior colleagues questioned me about it!)

I have used it extensively since release day and it does exactly what I need in my working workflow, which is what most other people working in offices round the world also need.


We tried out O365. Found it to be buggy, unreliable, and slow. We abandoned the test after about three months and laid in a supply of Office2010 licenses. That’ll do for us for the next few years.


As always YMMV, but O365 has changed a LOT over the last two years. In comparison with an in house Exchange system, it is way more reliable and removes the total burden of maintenance and upgrades. For example our environment for 1500 users spread over ten countries was updated in one day without any downtime and ZERO support from my IT team. The previous I house upgrade had taken two people almost twelve months to plan and implement with six outages…

There’s a lot more to O365 than just Office. (And I hate Microsoft by the way!)


M$ really needs to expand their pricing options.  The current O365 option is way to much for many people, myself included.  I don’t want to run O365 on 5 machines…I don’t even own 5 machines. I want to run it on ONE iPad.  It’s like going to Costco and buying 25 lbs of rice for a single dinner party for two.

So yes…I downloaded the apps…but won’t be activating them till M$ comes up with a “single-serving-size” pricing option.

Mark Fuller

Who cares how many times it was downloaded? What I really want to know is how many subscriptions did Microsoft get. Office is worthless without a subscription.

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