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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 184

An anonymous reader writes "At an event in San Francisco today, Microsoft Office General Manager Julia White unveiled Office for iPad, featuring Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new suite, which supports viewing but not editing for free, will go live in Apple's App Store at 11:00AM PDT (2:00PM EST). Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad feature a ribbon interface just like the one featured in Office for Windows and OS X. The trio of apps are much more powerful on the tablet than the smartphone, but naturally aren't comparable to the desktop versions."
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @06:30PM (#46597465)

    Doesn't seem that way: [zdnet.com]

    Make no mistake about it: These three apps are feature-rich, powerful tools for creating and editing Office documents. They look and act like their Office 2013 counterparts on Windows. And although these iPad apps obviously can't replicate every feature of the full desktop programs, they deliver an impressive subset of those features. Anyone who was expecting Office Lite or a rehash of the underwhelming Office for iPhone will be pleasantly surprised.

    (Thanks to DaringFireball [daringfireball.com] for the link and summary).

    I will download them for sure, but it really puts me off having to use a subscription to use them for editing.

  • Re:Hmmm... 'Free'... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 27, 2014 @06:40PM (#46597579)
    Not really, because Apple still takes a 30% cut if you buy the subscription as an in-app purchase. This is more about getting a constant stream of money ($10/month) rather than a one-time (or every two or three years) payment of $50 or whatever.

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