Office on iPad?

I know this seems like a really stupid question, but does anyone think Microsoft would ever make iPad apps of the individual Office tools? At first I thought there’d be no way — Microsoft has a competing mobile OS, why would they want to enable that? Then I remembered they also have a competing desktop OS and they deliver to that. With Apple releasing iWork apps for $10.00 each for the iPad I wonder if Microsoft will be inspired to create somewhat lighter weight versions of Word, PPT, and Excel? Perhaps one of the motivations Apple had for doing the iPad versions of iWork was to press Microsoft into playing?

The really funny thing for me is that I don’t care. I stopped using Office for anything of any sort a long time ago. If you send me a Word doc it is instantly converted to a Google Doc — and I know that’ll continue to work on the iPad. I just wonder if Microsoft will be willing to let money just sit out there in the cloud? Sorry, I was just thinking out loud.

Imagine shamelessly stolen from Apple.

3 thoughts on “Office on iPad?

  1. Considering it has taken us nearly 10 years for for MS to even consider putting Outlook back on the Mac, I doubt they will be getting Office on iPad anytime soon. The larger question on my mind is on Jobs incredible touting iPad as the biggest thing he ever worked on. If that is the case, is iPad the beginning of the end for the Mac?
    “If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”
    — Fortune, Feb. 19, 1996

  2. iWork + Apple’s APP store – good start!
    Somewhat surprisingly, Apple has developed iPad-native versions of their word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software, which are available for $10 each through the App Store.

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