Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures on stage while speaking during a press briefing on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Francisco. Microsoft unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Microsoft announces Office for iPad
Mobile » After long wait, users will finally get popular office suite for Apple’s tablet.
First Published Mar 27 2014 12:05 pm • Last Updated Mar 27 2014 10:32 pm

Satya Nadella spent his first official media presentation as Microsoft’s new CEO Thursday introducing Office 365 for iPad, long one of the most requested apps for Apple’s computer tablet.

Microsoft’s popular office suite, which includes the Microsoft Word word processor, Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation software, went on sale at noon today on Apple’s iTunes App Store. The application is free to download and view documents and presentations, but it requires a Microsoft Office 365 monthly subscription ($9.99 per month or $99.99 per year) in order to edit or create documents. There was mention of being able to buy a copy outright.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The goal of the new application, Nadella said, is to "make sure the 1 billion Office users — and growing — can have access to the high fidelity of Office on every device they use." Microsoft Office is currently the most popular office suite available for desktop computers. It also is available for Microsoft’s own computer tablet, the Surface, which has had underwhelming sales.

The new Office 365 will have the same features as its desktop counterpart, including the ability to create graphics and insert photos in documents. Users also can make the same choices in text including bold, italics and underlining, and multiple people can edit the document, which is stored in Microsoft’s cloud storage service called OneDrive. Authors of documents or spreadsheets can continue working on the same document on a desktop computer without encountering formatting problems.

"We keep that file fidelity so everything looks exactly as you want it," said Microsoft’s Julia White, who was demonstrating the app during the media presentation in San Francisco.

iPad users have been patiently waiting for a mobile version of the Office suite to come to the computer tablet since the iPad was first introduced in 2010. Since then, the most popular word processors and spreadsheets available for the tablet have been Apple’s own Pages word processor, Keynote presentation software and Numbers spreadsheet and Google’s cloud-based office software.

Nadella, who has been with Microsoft for 22 years and was president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, became the company’s CEO earlier this month after Steve Ballmer stepped down. One of Nadella’s first moves as the company’s leader was bringing back founder Bill Gates in a consulting role building new products.


Twitter: @ohmytech

story continues below

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.