Microsoft’s new CEO may surprise by showing Office for iPad on March 27

by David Needle

March 17 2014

Will they or won’t they? For the past few years rumors have swirled that Microsoft plans to bring a version of its Office suite of apps to the iPad.

Initially, various reports quoting unnamed sources close to the company, said Microsoft had developed or was near completion of Office for iPad.

Then in  it become clear in 2012 that despite whatever progress had been made, Microsoft had no near term plans to release Office for iPad because it wanted to keep its availability limited to its own Surface and other Windows tablets.

Former CEO Steve Ballmer added another wrinkle last October when he said Office would be available on other platforms once it had been overhauled to support touch.

Now Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet says Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella could be planning to show off Office for iPad at a March 27 press briefing in San Francisco.

The press invite isn’t very specific but does say the news will be "focused on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing” and that Nadella will be providing the opening remarks.

While you'll be able to download it from the Apple App Store, Office for iPad may still require a Micrososoft Office 365 subscription, similar to how Office Mobile for iPhone works.

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