Technology giant Microsoft yesterday announced that their hugely-popular Office suit of productivity tools will be made available for Apple’s iPad tablet.
“Over a billion people on the planet use Microsoft Office to get more done at work and at home. Every day we hear from you how important it is to have a great productivity experience on all the devices you use. We take that very seriously – we know that means you want the authentic experience of Office, made right for the device you’re using,” the company said during a statement.
From today, users will be able to download Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad from the iStore, which has been specifically built with touch functionality in mind. “The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad.”
Microsoft revealed that the free versions allow users to read Word documents, view Excel data and present with PowerPoint. With an Office 365 subscription, users can edit and create new documents with the iPad.
The company also confirmed that Office Mobile for iPhone and Android devices are now free for everyone.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor