Apple CEO Tim Cook Congratulates Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella On Office For iPad Launch

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Other than consumers and investors, even Apple CEO seems to be excited about Office for iPad launch. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple today posted a welcome message to the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for the launch of Office for iPad. Microsoft CEO Satya in turn thanked Tim Cook for his message and tweeted that he is excited to bring the magic of Office to iPad customers. It’s good to see two CEOs of leading technology company having a nice little conversation on public forum.

You can check out the tweets here and here.

Relates posts,

Microsoft Announces Office For iPad, Available For Download In Few Hours

Microsoft Office Suite Apps Word, Excel And PowerPoint Now Available As Free Download From Apple AppStore

Microsoft Releases Office Mobile Apps For Free For iPhone And Android Devices

 



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  • Mark Matheson

    So office for iPad is free but full capabilities are only unlocked when you pay the Office 365 subscription. Does that mean all Windows users can also somehow download a free version? Seems only fair.

    • Joe_HTH

      Yes, anyone can download Office for iPad completely free. You can view documents and even give presentations with those documents completely free. However, if you want to create and edit documents, you need an Office 365 subscription. However, most people who would need this don’t have to buy a subscription because their companies often buy them for their employees.

      • Mark Matheson

        I didn’t realise that it was quite so limited – so as a freebie, the office Webapps that you can access via onedrive is still much better than this.

    • Duk3togo

      Anyone who has a Surface (not the pro) which is the MS version of the iPad has Office for free and it doesn’t need subscription for full capabilities.

      • Mark Matheson

        Yeah, I have one of those, unfortunately I have come to the conclusion that large screen tablets are not for me so I use a Kindle HDX and for anything productive I use a 15″ laptop.

        • Duk3togo

          If rumors are correct soon MS will announce the 8inch Surface. I am looking forward to it.

    • eharris560

      It’s free on the Surface, and Intel atom base Windows products

    • Valk

      Yes. Microsoft has free Office document viewers for Windows. That is essentially the same as this.

  • efjay

    Funny, no one sent congrats when the surface or WP launched. Welcome to irrelevancy, Microsoft.

    • donzebe

      Microsoft office for ipad will make the ipad more useful while the surface or WP will not.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      10% marketshare in Europe… ¿irrelevancy? L.O.L. outselling the iPhone in a dozen markets, I don’t see Firefox O.S. or Nokia’s ex-employees with that Linux O.S. ¿sailfish? ¿jolla? do that. :-P

    • LexicoRed

      It would have been in bad taste seeing how poorly they sold.

    • nohone

      That is because while Microsoft will congratulate their competitors such as Firefox and the PS4 team at Sony, Tim Cook is a prick that will only do it when it makes him money. While iOS device sales are sinking (and Mac sales really never existed), Cook would rather see the ship go down than to allow development of the Windows equivalent of Apple software.

      • Guest

        That makes no sense, have you been drinking my little friend?

      • Guest

        Mac sales grew this last year while Window PCs fell. In fact Apple is now the 3 largest manufacture so it is not a huge market player it is significant; much greater the WP in its market or surface is tablets.

        What do you mean Window equivalent of Apple software? Didn’t they just do that with office vs iWork?

        • nohone

          1) When discussing the number of Windows 8 copies sold, there are a lot of “how many people downgraded?” excuses made for Windows 8, the “failure” OS selling more in one year than Apple has sold Mac in 30. So let me ask this – how many of those Mac computers have OSX on them and regularly used? Because whenever I see a Mac being used, it always has Windows installed.
          2) Have you used iWork? Pages is about the same quality as WordPad that ships with Windows for free. When I got my first iPad (had it delivered the day iPad 1 was first made available) I was stupid enough to buy the $15 iPad version of the Pages app. Trying to open a Word document, even though they claimed compatibility, was like trying to open a Word document in LibreOffice – a psychedelic journey into textual randomness. There is a reason why in the App store on iPad, the first Apple software, Garageband, ranks #27. Pages is #40. Microsoft holds the top 4 positions. Apple even tried to fool people by making the icon for Pages have a flat look like the Office icons and Metro apps.

          • Guest

            Nice diatribe filled with strawman arguments. You said iOS sales are sinking: last qtr was a record. So stop saying silly things.

            What you have to understand my little friend that tech is NOT a zero sum game, that mean just because Apple is rocking it does not mean Microsoft is losing. Other word Microsoft weaknesses has nothing to do with Apple success. They are all self inflicted by forgetting what made MSFT great.

            Luckily the new CEO understand this and refocusing on being a Software and Service company while looking to walk away from hardware. He understand and it is time for you my little friend that Microsoft and Apple can be great at the same time, just at different things.

            Microsoft future is the less sexy but profitable backend services and providing software for what ever OS people rather us; even if the future is iOS and android with a depreciating share from Windows.

  • GG002

    Of course Tim Cook is excited! Finally something that makes iPad properly useful (as a work tool)!

    • kain0m

      It is a smart move. Office for the Windows Tablet didn’t quite work out the way they wanted it to – but allowing anyone to use Office, regardless of their OS, is the best way to have people actually use MS Office. It seems Microsoft has more business sense than those fancy startups that only serve iOS…

      By the way, Office on the iPad will always be severely limited as long as the iPad doesn’t come with pointing device (e.g. mouse) support. This is still a very big advantage of Windows Tablets – you can connect them to a screen, keyboard and mouse – and have a full “PC” experience. iPad isn’t meant to do that, and probably never will.

      • Prayaas

        Office on Windows tablets didn’t work out? How did it not work out? My sister has a Surface 2 and at her workplace everyone is really impressed by it, because it has a USB port and Office and a great keyboard. People want to make these ultra portable tablets their main computers as far as possible.

        • kain0m

          I know, it’s a great addition, I have an original Surface RT. My point was that they tried to push Office bundled with RT as a unique selling proposition, and that didn’t work out – people didn’t buy RT tablets just because they come with office. So they bring office to the people, since Microsoft does benefit of every MS office user, no matter which device they use.

          Google should take a note of this, by the way: Don’t lock people out just because they use Windows Phone…

          • Prayaas

            Ah, I see your point now. :)
            Yes, I agree with you, and I realize that as much as I hate Google, that, or the lack of it, is a deal breaker for many potential Windows Phone buyers.

  • redtidal

    Cook probably meant to say, “welcome to your doom.”

    • Nham Thien Duong

      No, iWork is no losing costumers, and so are the Scroogle Apps. :-P

    • Prayaas

      I see Apple and Microsoft as more of frenemies than enemies. They can really rock the world if they agree on a bit more than they are doing right now. Their common enemy is Google. Google is evil. Google needs to die. Apple wants Google to die. Microsoft wants Google to die. I want Google to die. Ok Google, die.

  • donzebe

    Hope Satya and Tim carry on with the same relationship Bill Gate and Steve Job had. Apple and Microsoft have always work together.

    • http://flickr.com/daiax DaiaX

      Ahh, world peace.

      • kain0m

        NO MICROSOFT IS MORE PEACE THAN COOK!
        Much love. Such wow.

        • http://flickr.com/daiax DaiaX

          Ahh, a person that wants war.

    • XBoxerOne

      Yes it showed real class of Tim. I think Satya sees Microsoft for its strength as a software and service company while signaling that the whole hardware stuff is on its way out like Ballmer and his many bad ideas.

      • Nham Thien Duong

        Ñeh, I do like to see MicroSOFT remain a SOFTware company, and I do like to see them stop the Surface brand, and others (we need to see a Google Nexus-like relationship with O.E.M.’s rather), but buying Ancient-Nokia’s Harware, devices, and services division has started something that no-one can reverse, Ballmer will live on forever, whether you like it or not, we’re stuck with the present model… :-

        • LexicoRed

          No they can sell Nokia Hardware to Levono or Dell at a bit of a lost but that is just chump change and likely less then the money they are losing on all the hardware now and years to come.

          I can hear it now Dell XBoxOne and Levono Lumia. All the while we will be making $$$$ on the software and service for these products. Back to the future!

          • khingjay

            Dude you are soooooooooooooooooo stupid!!!!!!!!!!

          • LexicoRed

            No what is unintelligent is to keep losing money on hardware while tying up resources that could be working on the next wave (profitable) innovative product.

            Not that I expect non business types to get this, good thing the new CEO does!

  • Jasyn

    Well, nobody will buy your Devices now Microsoft.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      I wouldn’t be so certain, the Microsoft Surface still has tonnes of productivity features that both Scroogle Android and Crapple’s iO.S. lack, also I don’t see any other platform come with native 3D printing support. :-P

    • k00ksta

      Sorry but .. snapping stuff side by side with a full powered office suite on the Surface still RIVALS the iPad’s workflow for anything productive.

    • Cruncher

      How so? Aside from the fact that Surface has a free and full featured Office it has features iPads can only dream about, like multi-user, multi-tasking, USB Support (mass storage, HID etc), file system and many more.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    Cook’s dirty little secret, he doesn’t use iWork, no-one who’s actually productive does, he’s happy that he can finally dump his crapware for the high quality Microsoft alternative, in secret he uses everything made by Mactopia (Microsoft). :-P

  • tomakali

    Theres nothing to congratulate TIm Cook for serving Same Apple to its consumers for nearly half a decade…

    • Orc

      An iPhone user walks into a bar and orders the same drink as last week, only paying more this time. ;)

      • Guest

        Windows Phone user walks into the bar and order a drink, comes to him 1/2 full. When asked why the bartender says don’t worry the rest of it will show up in a few years.

        • Guest

          And when the man says, “that is BS” a MSFT fanboy next to him sneers and tells the guy his wrong for it has all the important ingredients in it :-D

          • SaraJ

            While the fanboy on the other side of the guy says no it’s perfect the problem is the guy just does not know how to drink it correctly.

        • Orc

          I just love the smell of butt hurt in the morning.

          • Guest

            So you are butt hurt, enjoy the smell! ;-)

  • tomakali

    it looks like TIm Cook is a Trojan of Microsoft in disguise…
    see… No genuine innovation at Apple after Steve Jobs left…
    Apple is becoming the next blackberry with little threat to microsoft loosing top positions in many countries…