Microsoft has unveiled the Office for iPad application suite at a press conference in San Francisco.
The suite includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and can be downloaded from the Apple store for free from today. Office 365 subscribers can simply add an iPad as one of their chosen devices included in their subscription benefits.
In his first public appearance as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella said: “Everything we are going for is grounded in a single world view, which I describe as ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence.”
Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office, gave a demonstration of the new Office for iPad.
“This is a design paradigm we’ve balanced to provide an authentic Office experience that fits with the iPad touch interface, ensuring all users are comfortable using it,” said White.
White demonstrated the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad, discussing the various facets of the familiar Office programmes and how they have been updated to align with the tablet user interface.
“These designs are uniquely built for the iPad: fantastic Office, unique touch experience,” added White. “And with an Office 365 subscription, users have the full capabilities they need.”
“We’re taking great time and great care to make sure Office on every device shines through,” said Nadella.
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