At a press event in San Francisco last month, Microsoft announced Office for iPad suite. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps to be specific. OneNote for iPad is already available in App Store and Microsoft released an updated OneNote version for iPad with new design. Reviews of the new Office for iPad suite were on the positive side and even the consumer reaction was great. Consumer response was evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranked No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad was rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. Today, Microsoft announced that there were over 12 million downloads of Office apps for iPad. @Office: More than 12m downloads of Word, Excel, PPT & OneNote for #iPad from the @AppStore pic.twitter.com/8MtGTGykZz ...

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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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The first 7 GB of SkyDrive storage is free, but users can buy as much as 100 GB of storage. Now Apple is insisting that Apple should get a cut of any SkyDrive purchases made via their devices, be it via the official SkyDrive app, or via integration with 3rd party apps. That cut is 30%, and the policy is consistent with the same one which Dropbox suffered from, which in the end forced them to remove any way for an iOS user to purchase additional storage. According to TNW Microsoft’s biggest issue with paying Apple’s 30% cut is that it would continue for the length of the subscription, which could easily be several years, and would last even beyond the user graduating from Apple’s products. As it is Microsoft and Apple are at an impasse, and Microsoft is unable to update their iOS SkyDrive app, and 3rd party devs ...

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We already know much about the Windows 8 app store, such as that it will be HTML based, and will be able to sync apps with your Live ID, so any computer will have your apps and setting already installed. What we did not however know was the name.  That is until mswin found two .dll’s in the leaked Windows 8 build related to the store. The first is WSSync.dll (Windows Store Licensing Sync Client) and the other WSService.dll (Windows Store Service) with the service describing itself as “Provides infrastructure support for Windows Store. This service is started on demand and if disabled applications bought using Windows Store will not behave correctly.” Also in MSHelpUI.dll a low-res image of the app store logo was found (enlarged on the right). The only question left is if the name Windows Store is different enough from the App Store for Apple to let ...

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There has been some question whether the earlier leaked images of the Windows 8 app store were real, with many believing  they were mock-ups. Now new screen shots have emerged (via Compixels.com) of the same app store, still sporting its pretty Metro-less look, hacked out of Windows 8 M3 build 7955. As later builds emerge we will hopefully see this become more refined, and of course it will only be a question of time before Microsoft will need to start asking ISV’s to submit apps to their store, which is now near 100% confirmed. See more screen shots at  Compixels.com. Update: As mentioned by many commenters, it turns out the app store is not from Microsoft and not native after all. Read more here. ...

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