Success Story: Microsoft Announces 27 Million Downloads Of Office Apps For iOS

At TechEd conference today, General manager of Microsoft’s Office Division Julia White announced that Office for iPad Apps has been downloaded about 27 million times since its launch. Microsoft released Office for iPad apps just six weeks ago, and it is turning out to be a runaway success. Microsoft previously announced that Office for iPad apps saw 12 million downloads in the first week after the launch, and since then the numbers have been doubled. Office for iPad apps are apps that follow freemium model. User can download the apps to read the Office documents and they are required to buy Office 365 subscription for editing and more.

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  • LexicoRed

    Great news.

    This is why it is time to get out of hardware you business of WP, Surface, and XBox. The company does not need to lose money making hardware when they focus on creating best if class Software and Services.

    • eharris560

      office is like crack, it sells itself. Office already has an established user base. You’re taking an isolated issue blow way out of proportion. How many downloads does Bing, Xbox Music, OneDrive have? These are all services too.

      • LexicoRed

        Bing is the default on iPhone iOS7 so that is a bunch but since Window Phone is struggling the XBox music is a flop. Again your helping me prove my position; when Microsoft creates great cross platform offerings it succeeds, it doesn’t when it try’s to sell it through their own hardware because they are a Software and Service company. Hardware for Microsoft is a money losing distraction.

        • eharris560

          I stand corrected about Bing. I forgot about the recent deal MS made with Apple. WP only struggles in certain markets, so you only speak half truths. I do believe that I made a good argument for my position not yours. You believe MS should just offer software and cross platform services. What other standout cross platform services does MS offer? Will Office be enough to carry Ms through the next ten years or next tech cycle?

          • LexicoRed

            You may have heard of Azure…

          • eharris560

            Yeah. I heard of it. It’s gear more towards enterprise, and it’s open source.

          • LexicoRed

            And it’s business is blowing up; sales are growing, margins are great, bottom line numbers huge.

            This is the future, not losing money on trying to sales hardware people don’t want.

          • eharris560

            Many people do want the hardware an I’d be the first to admit it should and needs to be more, but the situation is not a bad as you make it. You believe MS only needs enterprise software services, I believe MS needs them along with consumer hardware products. Only time will time who wins this debate.

          • LexicoRed

            Well if we just see what the Board did; given Ballmer the (polite) boot, put Nadella, former Azure head, as CEO we know who wins this debate. They all see its bad business for MS to continue losing money on hardware of XBox, WP, and Surface.

            Sorry to inform you but Dell or Lenovo will be taking over these products soon.

          • eharris560

            Unless you’re on the broad, I can’t possible see how you would know anything about the CEO position. Only time will tell who win this debate.

          • LexicoRed

            Hardly anyone knows WP is, and that is the problem; most don’t care either.

            Ballmer just about killed the company from stack ranking HR policy to missing major Tech trends his lack of vision is why the new CEO is stuck trying to play catch up in every major market. Ballmer was a terrible leader, slightly better manager, but great hindrance to the company long term success.

            Thank goodness the Board finally came to agree with my assessment, just as they have about hardware.

  • Duel

    27 million for “free” app isnt that impressive, what we really would want to hear is how many from those have bought the subscription and actually using these apps?

    This other news paint quite different picture ““Microsoft’s Word app for the iPad has proved something of a flop with users in the first month since it was made available, with an average user rating of just two and a half stars from more than 1,000 reviews,” Dan Worth reports for V3.
    “Of 1,028 ratings for the Word app on iTunes, 500 users have rated it at just one star,” Worth reports. “This is contrasted with 303 five-star reviews, while the rest of the votes are split evenly between four stars (77), three stars (72) and two stars (76).”

    • Duk3togo

      Well in order to use it, it needs a subscription so chances are people have the subscription. I bet if I were to read the comments it’s about either needing a subscription or Apple fanboys trying to bring down the rating in order for people to shot iWorks.

    • TheHumanOracle

      “No print option”, “No print option”, which has since been added. The apps themselves are damn brilliant.

      • Duel

        Half of people doesnt gave 1 star rating because lack of print option. How many would anyway print it with iPad instead using computers, thats not that big problem.

        1 star ratings comes from when people downloading free app and noticing that its almost useless without paying.

        I never said the apps arent brilliant, im sure they would be used by millions and millions of people if they would be full free or by one time cost, but now its very hard to say if those are succee or not, because download numbers doesnt mean that people actually using them.

        • Kevin Robert Michelson

          Why useless? The info about a subscription needed for creating etc. is stated in the apps’ description. If people don’t read what they’re loading …

    • nohone

      Duel, in his usual hate-anything-Microsoft-does way is scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to make Microsoft look bad. But then misses the point that Microsoft’s app which requires payment to fully use is rated higher than Google’s app, and is #6 in the app store while Google Docs id #11. Pages is all the way down at #33. Pages has a 3.5 star rating vs. Word’s 3, but then again, this is an Apple product which means that it would get a 5 star rating from 1/2 the people just because it has the Apple name associated with it. Even though Word has been on the store for only 6 weeks vs Pages’ 4 years, and has many times more users.
      Quite sad when Microsoft products give a beat-down to Apple’s own native products.

      • Duel

        “Even though Word has been on the store for only 6 weeks vs Pages’ 4 years, and has many times more users.”

        Based on what? Pages was top 2013 top paid apps list second place after minecraft pocket. And 2012 it was number one (beating games like angry birds). And that was when the pages cost a lot for app, now it has been free for half year, i doubt word have more users, or many times like you said :)

        • nohone

          “i doubt word have more users, or many times like you said”
          Based on what? Show us your data that enables you to make such a claim. You are also comparing, ahem, apples to oranges, comparing the top pay list to the top free list.
          Pages was expensive? I remember debates when WinRT was released, how people were saying that having Office with WinRT was not that big a deal, that Pages was only $15 and in the enterprise that is not much. There was a big thread here on MS-news where some schmuck was going on and on about how WinRT **required** a keyboard to use, that Apple didn’t want to force their users to use a keyboard. For the three apps it cost $45 (pages, keynote, numbers) and that was no big deal to the Apple fanboys because it was great apps at a great price. Now we have Office on the iPad which gives you much more functionality than the 3 Apple apps, and they work across multiple devices and those 3 apps were oppressively expensive.
          Apple loves to announce sales numbers. When Microsoft does not then the Apple fanboys bring out the pitchforks and torches and demand that Microsoft break down their numbers, give exact numbers of each model (32 vs. 64 GB Surface 2, for example). Meanwhile Apple will not break down the numbers between iPad mini and iPad – that is fine, they get a pass. Apple doesn’t release the number of Pages, Keynote, or Number copies sold, and excuses are made for them. Cough it up Apple, how many have you sold? Trying to hide something, Apple?

          • VeetQZ

            What is the breakdown between Surface Pro and Surface 2, has Microsoft given any numbers at all?

            Trying to hide something Microsoft?

          • nohone

            That is the point, the Apple fanboys demand Microsoft break down the numbers, and if the don’t then they are hiding something. But then those same people whine and complain when someone demands the same from Apple. How many MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air vs. IMac vs. Mac Pros have they sold? How many iPhone 16GB vs. 64GB? iPad Air vs. iPad mini? When Apple does that, then we can start asking Microsoft to do the same.

          • VeetQZ

            What are you going on about? No company breaks sales down to that granular level. Few even offer unit sales by category. I have to give credit to Apple for doing that.

            Though the discussion is about the great number of Office downloads the company has received for the iOS version release. Celebrate that rather then going in your same old tirade of hate against anything you perceive as competition.

          • nohone

            Trust me, I am celebrating that Microsoft is making butt loads of money off their sales of Office, while Apple needs to give iWork away for free to try to get somebody, anybody to try to use it. And while Google docs, the great Office beater that some people like to make it out to be, is being trounced, once again.

          • VeetQZ

            Can ever just say a positive statement without attacking something or someone?

            You must be a really unhappy person.

          • Guest

            Why are you so angry? Kind of like the crow chiding blackness, my friend nohone.

      • nohone

        Wait a second – I am looking at “Microsoft Word for iPad” in the App Store on my iPad mini right now. There are a total of 209 ratings for the current version, 3710 for all versions. Not sure where any of these numbers “Dan Worth” (who is he?) reports are from, except pulled from his ass.
        Let’s look at the total ratings of the 3 word processor apps on the iPad store right now for the current version:
        Word – 3 stars
        Docs – 2.5 stars
        Pages – 3.5 stars
        As I wrote in another comment, it has the Apple name so that gives it an automatic +1 to anything. Hell, people were saying that Apple maps was perfect (it was built in so no store rating). Google will get a +0.5 rating because they are loved, even though they compete with Apple. Microsoft will get an automatic -1 for any app they post because they are Microsoft. There was one influential Apple journalist who was claiming that Microsoft should be banned from the app store, and it was completely unfair that Microsoft was following the rules and only giving Apple 30% of their sales on the store. That is the kind of mentality that Apple users have – and it will be reflected through the store.

        • Guest

          You just said you have an iPad Mini, so you too must hold some of that mentality you complain about…Pot meet Kettle.

          :-D

          • Kevin Robert Michelson

            There might be some Apple consumers out there, how can think for themselves =D

  • Rikkirik

    if Steve and Cook,themselves conceded to Office on the Ipad, and Imac, what the heck are these comments about. Office is the most widely used program even on Apple devices

  • DKJr

    As always, MS seems to be more successful with software than hardware. Should they be sticking with what they are really good at? I love the Surface Pro 2 though.