Ballmer: Office not coming to iPad until it gets a touch UI on Windows

Microsoft Office logoAt the Gartner Symposium in Florida today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that his company would bring Office to the iPad after the touch-friendly Windows version comes out. According to The Verge, Ballmer specifically noted that "iPad will be picked up when there's a touch-first user interface,” which Ballmer said is “in progress.”

Microsoft released Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS back in June, but that version was optimized for the iPhone only. That iPhone-optimized version is free to users with an Office 365 subscription (in that the app doesn't cost the user one of the five device license slots that come with a subscription), and it syncs with the user's files in SkyDrive. With the SkyDrive connection, users can create new documents or open existing ones from the iPhone app.

Ballmer didn't offer much information beyond simply confirming that there's an iPad-optimized Office app in the works, but getting Office on a wide range of devices seems to be the party line at the moment. That could bode well for Android users hoping to get a little Office love themselves. As Microsoft's head of applications and services Qi Lu cryptically mentioned at a recent analyst meeting, the company is working to bring its “core apps in the Office suite... to Windows devices and also to other devices in ways that meet our customers' needs."

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: iPad, Microsoft, Microsoft Office

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