Microsoft correspondent Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft is planning to debut Microsoft Office on iPad and that too, before its launch on the Windows 8 platform. Office 365 paid subscription will be required on the iPad to get the full functionalities the ZDNet report says.
Tami Reller, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing on Thursday mentioned a “thoughtful” approach by Microsoft to port Office to iPad.
Codenamed “Miramar”, the Microsoft Office on iPad will be released before the actual release of the suite on Windows 8 Store. The suite will consist of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote with extensive reading/editing tools and functionalities like the desktop program.
Several Microsoft officials confirm the news is true. The project “Miramar” was to be launched after the “Gemini”, Microsoft’s first metro-style touch version of the Office expected to be launched on the Windows 8 Store.
The situation now is quite the opposite. Project “Miramar” which was almost considered by several officials is finally back and will launch ahead of “Gemini”.
“As we step back and say, these core applications, these core brands that are so important to enterprise customers and consumers, how do we make sure that we’re thoughtful about what we’re doing on the Windows platform, as well as cognizant of the fact that there’s other devices in their lives,
So you’ll see us be thoughtful about how and when we bring what applications to what platforms,
A part of that is Office, for sure,” – Reller mentioned at the Goldman Sachs-sponsored technology conference
Project Miramar was turned down by many higher officials an year back. It was the work of several noted Microsoft higher officials like Steve Ballmer who brought the project back to life. The iPad version is in a better position from a development view and will launch before Windows 8 Store launch.
Office is no doubt an important and must-have tool on a smartphone or tablet. But Microsoft might really be reinventing the wheel here in case of the iPad.
Apple’s iWork provides all the required functionalities on both iOS and Mac devices and that too for free. Microsoft will struggling to get downloads it seems.
The exact launch date and the pricing information has not net been confirmed byt the product will likely launch this year.