Office For Ipad
Since it was released on the market, the iPad has proven to be a reliable entertainment tool as well as a device capable of providing support for productivity activities. That’s why, especially now that the iPad 3 has been finally released and makes available that gorgeous Retina Display, the market is waiting for an Office app for iPad signed by Microsoft. Rumors say that we are getting closer and closer to the release day that’s expected to become reality sometime in November of 2012.
One of the last updates regarding this matter belongs to Business Insider that has announced that a source familiar with the Office sales team of Microsoft is pretty sure that the Microsoft Office version for iPad will be introduced during the Microsoft SharePoint conference that’s scheduled to take place in Las Vegas November 12-15. Apparently Microsoft is trying to synchronize the release of the software with the holiday season and be ready for volume licensing in January of 2013.
Considering that the release is said to take place during the SharePoint conference, it seems that the iPad Office made available will be an enterprise tool rather than a consumer product. This assumption is reliable because the SharePoint conference is all about software that can be used for collaboration within organizations. Another rumor that adds even more mystery says that along with the Office version for iPad, Microsoft will also launch an Android version. That would definitely keep all user categories satisfied, but is still a speculation. At least the November release date has also been confirmed by The Daily that says the work on the upcoming Microsoft Office for iPad has been actually finalized. It seems that the app we are all waiting to check out has even passed design review. All it’s left to check it its Metro compliance. This compliance is related to the Metro smartphone-style interface that Microsoft is going to deliver along with its Windows 8 operating system.
This entire madness around a possible Office version for iPad started in February when The Daily made available a picture said to reveal the image of an iPad running a compatible version of Microsoft’s Office. As expected, Microsoft denied that the photo was real but was not willing to comment on the possible availability of such software in the near future. Some say that its unwillingness to comment comes from its desire to keep tablet versions of Office compatible only with tablets that use Windows 8 as operating system. Such a strategy would be a way to maximize sales, so it should definitely be considered before starting to get excited. Bottom line, only time will tell which speculations regarding tablet Office were accurate.
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