Report: Microsoft is holding back Office for iPad

by Doug Drinkwater

June 6 2012

Microsoft's Office suite is expected to launch for Apple's iPad in November
Microsoft's Office suite is expected to launch for Apple's iPad in November

The rumors over an Office app for Apple’s iPad continue to do the rounds, with a new report claiming that Microsoft has already built the application, but is now figuring out when to release it.

The New York Times reports that Microsoft has already developed the Office iPad app, but is scratching its head at what to do in terms of a launch date and the application’s price.

Truth be told, Microsoft does face something of a quandary for both setting the app’s price and deciding when to release the software.

In terms of price, there are already countless numbers of Office imitations available for the iPad, with Quickoffice - now owned by Google - among the better of those. Prices in this area generally start from free and go up to around $19.99. Microsoft will also have to contend with Apple’s own iWork suite of office applications, although Pages, Numbers and Keynote are not especially cheap at $9.99 apiece.

The issue over the release date is arguably more problematic for Microsoft because it will clearly want to avoid the Office iPad app having a detrimental impact on Windows 8 tablet sales, and this could certainly be the case if – as rumored – the two launch within weeks of each other.

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