Microsoft Office on iPad could be unveiled next week
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella may be preparing to take the wraps off the long-rumored Microsoft Office on iPad suite at a press event on March 27, according to separate reports on ZDNet and The Verge.
The date of the scheduled briefing coincides with the Macworld/iWorld conference on the same day, another clue that the announcement is somehow related to Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). On the other hand, the timing would be significantly earlier than previous statements by then-CEO Steve Ballmer, who had hinted that Microsoft Office on iPad will only be available after the release of a touch-centric edition of Office that is designed with Windows 8 in mind.
The Microsoft Office on iPad suite will apparently include Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and supports the creation and editing of documents. Downloaded from the Apple Store, the new suite will likely require an Office 365 subscription to activate, similar to Office Mobile for the iPhone.
The release of Office for the iPad will effectively end the linking of Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) highly popular Office productivity suite with Windows to bolster the appeal of Windows-powered tablets devices. Could this mark the birth of a new, rejuvenated Microsoft? Whatever the case, Nadella is also expected to share more about his "cloud first, mobile first" strategy in this first major press event as CEO.