Microsoft Office Arrives on iPad

Microsoft has announced that their Office software, one of the top reasons for buying a Surface tablet, is coming to iPad.  In fact, the apps for Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote are all available for download right now on the App Store.

The Office Suite has been available on Windows Phone and Windows Tablets for years now, but it remained unclear whether Microsoft was going to keep the software exclusive to their platforms or open it up to Apple and Google devices.  After years of waiting we’ve finally got that answer.

“Today, we unveiled Office for iPad – specifically Word, PowerPoint and Excel,” reads Microsoft’s statement. “But this isn’t simply Office on another device. We thought a lot about what people want to do when they’re on their tablet, iPad functionality, and touch-first when we were building Office for iPad. We reimagined Office on the iPad, while retaining what people love about Office. We hope you’ll be as pleased with the results as we are. In the future, we will bring Office apps to the Windows Store and other popular platforms.”

Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote are all available to download now on the App Store for free.  However, you’ll need a Microsoft Office 365 subscription in order to create and edit documents.  The free versions only allow you to open and read documents.

Microsoft also announced Office Mobile for iPhone and Android devices.  These are the mobile versions of Microsoft Office that are available on Windows Phone devices.

Check out the announcement trailer below: