Microsoft Office Finally Comes to Apple's iPad

It was rumored to see release in 2012, and then in 2013, but now it’s actually here. Microsoft has released Office for the iPad. It’s available in three separate applications: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The app is free for reading and presenting, but an Office 365 account is required for editing. Microsoft has also promised full file fidelity with the desktop versions of the programs, so there’s no need to worry about something being lost in translation.

The folks over at The Verge found it to be “powerful and usable,” describing the ease of grabbing a photo taken with the iPad and slapping it into a Word document, causing the text to flow around it. According to Microsoft Office general manager Julia White, Microsoft Office for iPad is in no way a port of the Windows app, but it is rather its own thing entirely.

This is just another step in Microsoft’s big push of Office 365, a clever way to keep users using Office for all of their word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation needs.

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