Office For iOS On The Verge Of Release

It was already known that Microsoft was getting ready to release an update for its Office suite for Mac later in 2014. 

Reuters now reports that Office for iOS is ready and only the CEO has to give the green signal for its release. The source had the story under the title ‘Microsoft poised to fight back as iPad generation shuns Office’.

The iOS app users who were getting tired waiting for optimization of Office have started looking for alternatives such as Google’s Quickoffice.

Office can release any time or during the next few months:
Microsoft already has a full iPhone and iPad version of Office ready for release, the sources said. The only question is when Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who took over in February, will pull the trigger.
Some features of Office can be removed as he sets to balance the app with the main franchise of Windows.

The iPad version was delayed, which cost Microsoft loss of $2.5 billion a year in revenue. However, Redmond has exciting plans for the iOS version according to the marketing executive of the company.
“Certainly, interest in Office on the iPad is extreme,” he said. “When customers want to do real work, they are going to want to use Office.”
Internal politics are said to be the reason:
The powerful Windows group and the younger but more profitable Office group have a patchy history of collaboration.

But divisions remain. Some in the Windows camp want to make sure Office remains primarily a Windows experience, which should help sales of the Surface. Others in the Office camp, however, want to reach customers on as many platforms as possible.
Microsoft recently indicated at its willingness to bring office to other devices such as the iPad so that it meets needs of the customers and economically make sense.

Is this the right time to release Office for iOS? Is it required for the iPad? Feel free to leave comments.

(via Reuters)


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