News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 18, 2014.
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Microsoft is hosting a media event in San Francisco on March 27. The event will be the first attended by recently appointed CEO Satya Nadella, and it may also mark the debut of a long-awaited Microsoft Office iPad app. Both Reuters and The Verge have separately reported that Microsoft will announce an app for creating and editing documents on an Apple iPad. The app has been rumored to be in development for several months, but a release never arrived because of "internal divisions," according to Reuters. Some members of Microsoft didn't want to release Office for iPad because of fears that it might remove a major selling point of the Surface tablets, but Nadella appears ready to make Office an attraction for iPad users.
The upcoming event relates to the "intersection of cloud and mobile," and the iPad is expected to feature as part of Microsoft's plans. That makes it likely that Microsoft will not release a standalone app that users can purchase once and then use Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. It's more likely to follow the path of the iPhone Office Mobile app and require a paid Office 365 subscription. Consumers may not be thrilled about having to continually pay for the app and may choose one of the many alternative document apps in the App Store that only require a single payment. Businesses and individual users who want the cloud synchronization, collaboration, and backup tools will be more willing to pay to have those features.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.