This week the folks at Microsoft responsible for Office have revealed that they’ll be releasing the first full-blown iPad iteration of the app today. This release will take place at 11AM Pacific time - that’s 1PM Central or 2PM Eastern - and it’ll be free. You can view documents and give presentations of documents without cost, but you’ll be paying a subscription fee to edit.
Last month, word surfaced via sources that the long-awaited Office for iPad would be arriving in the first half of this year, something that has now been refined to a far more narrow timeline: this month. Specifically, according to the latest information, it will be introduced during CEO Satya Nadella's press event next week.
This week the folks at Microsoft responsible for keeping Office at the head of every office’s mind have made clear their intent to move forward with signatures. In this case, this means that they’ve signed a deal with DocuSign so that their reputable electronic signature authorization - eSignature - will work with Office 365.
Since the August announcement that Steve Ballmer was out as CEO of Microsoft, more than a few rumors have surfaced on who would take his place - one of the more titalating of these being former Nokia head Stephen Elop. Today's suggestion from anonymous sources speaking with Bloomberg is that Elop has a non-finalized strategy for the company which includes two major changes. One of these changes is a refocusing of efforts for the company: away from Office software for Windows and towards Office for Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
One day after the newest Apple event in which they showed off a set of new iPads and desktop machines and Microsoft has fired back at Apple's most interesting move: free software. Apple turned the latest release of their desktop operating system (OS X Mavericks) as well as their iWork and iLife suites of apps into free releases. Microsoft's own Corporate Vice President of Communications, Frank Shaw, today suggested that the public's response to this set of freebies were all due to the so-called Apple RDF (Reality Distortion Field).
Microsoft Office for iPad is in the pipeline, CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed, though the software's release may not take place until 2014 when the company has a "touch first" interface for tablets. Revealing the long-anticipated app plans at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo today, Ballmer said that "iPad will be picked up when there's a touch-first user interface" available, likely to hit Windows 8 tablets first. However, leaked roadmaps earlier in the year suggest we could still be waiting some time.