Report: Microsoft Office For iPad Coming Sooner Than Expected

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Microsoft Office for iPad

We all know that Microsoft is working on a Office suite for Apple iPad. As iPad sales is increasing quarter by quarter among consumers and enterprise, Microsoft is missing millions in revenue by not having Office for iPad. It was previously rumored that Microsoft is planning to delay Office for iPad release in favor of Windows. Because, the touch first version of Office is coming only in late 2014 or early 2015. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Office for iPad might be released sooner than previously expected as Microsoft top executives have given approval for Office team to release Office for iPad as soon as it gets ready.

But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year. According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK’d the suggestion by the Office team that they’d bring Office for iPad to market as soon as it was ready, even though that would likely mean before the Windows 8 version. I’m hearing that new date for Office for iPad is some time in the first half of calendar 2014. (My sources last summer were hearing Office for iPad wouldn’t debut until Fall 2014.)

I still haven’t heard exactly how Microsoft will make Office for iPad available. I’ve heard it’s likely to require some kind of Office 365 subscription (either corporate or Home Premium, depending on the use case).

Read more from the link below.

Source: ZDNet



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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

  • vcfan

    “As iPad sales is increasing quarter by quarter among consumers and enterprise”

    excluding the holiday quarter, ipad sales have been declining the few quarters before it,more than the pc industry.

    • SocalBrian

      Not really, when you factor in seasonal sales patterns (which is why most sales comparisons of consumer goods are done YOY) I think there is only one slighlty down quarter. Looking at things year by year things are solidly up.

      • whatup12

        there is some irony here that the people supporting the dominance of the ipad are now finding themselves in a situation where they need to explain away disappointing sales figures as being seasonal, etc…the same thing that they used to make fun of us for doing in supporting the growth of windows products.

        • SocalBrian

          Consumer electronics sales are seasonal – there is nothing being “explained away,” only fact. Year over year iPad sales have increased nicely.In fact the only recent “disappointing” thing I can think of recently would be Windows Phone sales which were down in the 4th quarter dfrom the previous quarter when in fact they should have seen a big seasonal bump.

          • whatup12

            seems like the market really agrees with you re: ipad sales! :) anyhoo, the fact that you used windows phone sales as some sort of offensive defensive strategy in defending ipad disappointment makes me smile! i guess we will see what happens over the next 5-10 years…

    • Wtechrover

      Yep, Android tablets are beating the hell out of iPads and Windows Tablets are starting to get a bigger part of the cake.

  • NGM123

    Don’t get this, sure money is to be made from ipad, but this has to have a knock on effect and will negatively affect Surface sales and other MS products.

    • SategB

      You can not effect sales that for all intent are non existent as with the case of Surface products, moreover we need to add Windows Phones and W8 & RT tablets to the discussion.

      It time to stop hoping for what we wish would be and start maximizing profits on the reality that is. :)

      • Wtechrover

        Maximizing profit just for the sake of it? Makes no sense to me.

        • SategB

          Not just for the sake of it but to reward those owners who invested in the company and to use those extra profits to give it time to find a way to move on beyond years of Ballmer failed strategies and create innovation that may make Microsoft a relevant company again.

          Or in short smart business.

          • whatup12

            MSFT has been rewarding its shareholders for years–and while the stock prices are stagnant, P:E ratio of 13 with decent dividends paid out makes it basically like a tech blue chip. and for long term investors, that is not a bad place to be.

          • SategB

            “not to bad” those are the words of a non-investor, specially when GREAT is the objective and what should have been.

            More important if MSFT services only used a walled off ghetto of MSFT hardware then long term will look like Spain 2009 economy.

          • whatup12

            true–as i have said to you before, i am not an investor other than in a house and long term savings. but did do an MBA as part of my training so have some understanding of this–but indeed, not the focus of my work. I don’t think MSFT’s plan has ever been to only run MSFT software on MSFT hardware–this is about office on tablets. a service that may attract some additional people/companies to join office365, but will not make or break a company. moreover, it may negatively affect another part of the company. all to say, i don’t think obvious decision, but clearly you do!

      • whatup12

        how many surface 2 were sold in the last 6 months? you must know based on your comment…

        • SategB

          Publicly Microsoft refuses to release that number, which speaks volume in itself and reinforces what is being said privately.

          With 78% of all Enterprise mobile activations are iOS devices good management it always best to put customers needs first and give Office to them on the devices they want it on before they find acceptable alternatives.

          • whatup12

            So MSFT is making 9% profit on its hardware devices. not the 57% that it makes on software, but it is making nearly double digits profit. it doubled revenue on surface 2 in one year. Why are you thinking in such short term? If you were a company the size of MSFT, would you retreat in a year or two or let it see how it plays out when strategy comes together and products improve? Indeed, Ios rules the mobile space (in the US)–but how is your Betamax player, laser disc–heck, how often are you playing a DVD these days? Times change my friend…

          • LexicoRed

            That “doubling” revenue was a big chunk of discounted surface 1. But even if you triple your revenues it is a failure if your not making a profit but losing money and taking billion dollar write downs.

            I hate to say it but he is right the Surface has been another hardware flop.

          • whatup12

            I actually think the discounted surfaces were the initial 400 million revenue (post 900 million write down) –not the 893 million revenue that came after it. ie, it did double. and indeed, doubling is a relative term and could mean very little in absolute terms…but it is also a sign of a trend. Similarly, windows phone increased 90% YoY…while base is small, trends may be prognostic of good things to come if they deliver on wp 8.1 promise, etc. Have to say, am in Barcelona this weekend and have seen tons of windows phones…110% anecdotal, but still nice to see for a MSFT fan.

          • SategB

            90% increase + 110% Anecdotal = < $

            200 Million iPads + $100 Office = $20 Billion

            As a Microsoft fan I would feel much happier with $20 Billion in revenues then seeing few WP in the wild.

          • whatup12

            touche… :)

  • SategB

    This great news, as long as it is a good touch based UI, MSFT will make a truck load of profits on doing a iOS release now that Apple is selling as many iOS computer devices as all OEM are selling PCs.

    • Wtechrover

      No it’s not. It’s plain stupid. All just to get more money in the short run.

      • whatup12

        Right–short term money making that may negatively affect long term growth. The whole marketing push of W8 tablets about the tablets that can do more will take a hit… Still ipads with a keyboard are thicker than my laptop and look like a bad joke.

        • SategB

          No what is affecting long term growth is the money losing strategy of Surface, Windows Phones, and other hardware failures by our favorite software company that for got what the was good at; software. So just like the good old days; who care who makes the hardware, even if it is Apple, as long as we can sale a ton of software. We now see this is not going to happen by keeping Office for still born Surfaces, Windows Phones, and other W8 tablets.

          • whatup12

            but that’s the thing my friend–these aren’t the good old days. the context has changed, the market had moved with it, and if MSFT doesn’t plan for the future, it may end up as history a la RIM. companies have to evolve… not get away from what they are good at, but future proof themselves.

          • LexicoRed

            You are right it is not the old days when MSFT use to control hardware platform but those days are line gone and trying to bring them back by MSFT building their own hardware is throwing money after bad.

            Yes plan the future by cutting money losing hardware like surface, window phone and xBox and use the profits off selling iPad &iPhone office to further invest in the future with cloud and enterprise backend.

          • whatup12

            A few things: 1) We don’t know the long term outcomes here and are both guessing. 2) My guess is that a company like MSFT should not go down as a niche company supporting cloud and enterprise support a la Salesforce, etc. 3) My guess is that they can handle advancing their server business while also developing effectively the front end services to deliver these. 4) I also guess that they were willing to lose money in the short term (1-5 years) if there is the potential for better long term placement. 5) I assume your guess is to retreat on all fronts and hope that no one effectively outcompetes them on the server business (ie amazon, etc). Or did I interpret incorrectly?

          • SategB

            What is those short term bets fail to deliver like MS search has = $9 billion in loses since 2005. Resources of that nature, not to mention the time and personal that could have been spent on innovation that creates the future vs just responding to it.

            If your worried MSFT with a strong focus will not be able to compete in the future how to you expect them to do so when they are all over the place. When everything is a priority nothing is a priority.

          • whatup12

            indeed, they have been clear that they needed to make serious infrastructure investments for search. they have also been clear that the majority of investments are done and now costs will be incremental. ie, for better or worse, these are now sunk costs.
            and clearly they believe that bing plays into the larger strategy rather than being overly dependent on google as that may be the end of their company. ie, if google is in a situation where they can end Microsoft, they will. google addresses corporate responsibility in a manner not unlike the Assad regime.
            And indeed, having lots of foci for msft means having no focus at all. however, they have laid out three clear strategies and I think they can execute on these. clearly, you don’t. all i am saying is that we will see…i am hoping for the best (for whatever that is worth).

          • SategB

            “However they laid out three clear strategies”…which one is the top priority, which one do they set aside if things go south. When you pursued your MBA did you also pursue Master in Russian Lit. and another in Food Science at the same time to give you options, I suspect not you likely had limited time and financial resources to do so and even if you did you would not have done all three as well nor been the best in class for each. Same is true for companies.

          • whatup12

            well, i pursued a dual degree MBA with another masters explaining my lack of interest in investing. But indeed, your point about limited attention span and execution capacity across different strategic fronts has been clearly made. the question is whether there is anything holding their three strategic priorities together–ie that they serve as pillars towards a unified vision. i think they do. you don’t. all good!

          • SategB

            Despite our differences in regards to this Services and Devices goal, your disagreements were never disagreeable for that I thank you.

          • whatup12

            agree 100%. if we are going to take the time to engage in an anonymous conversation about a company that i can assume neither of us work for with strangers (no offence :) ), then it might as well be constructive. and i am sure that it wont be the last time we disagree :)

  • FreeDom

    MS is giving enterprise users another reason to stick to iPad.

  • jimski27

    Office on a Win 8 tablet will still be free. But it will cost $99/year (365) to get it on your iPad. Pretty good commercial.