Shares in Microsoft have soared following rumours that their Office suite will soon be available to use on the iPad.
So is there any truth in this latest round of Microsoft-Apple gossip? Well, it seems we won’t have to wait long to find out.
Reuters recently reported that Microsoft had a full version of its Office suite ready to release for on iOS, it just wasn’t sure when the company would make the announcement. Well, the answer could well come sooner rather than later.
Microsoft is holding a media event on Monday March 24th in San Francisco to announce what it called “some news related to the intersection of cloud and mobile”.
But despite the rather mundane billing, it’s been deemed a big enough deal that new CEO Satya Nadella will be in attendance – the plot thickens.
It’s widely believed that Microsoft has been working on an iOS version of Office for some time now, and the expectation was that a finished article may have even been released even before a full version is available for tablets that run on Windows.
But the delay has cost the Windows giant an estimated $2.5 billion per year in lost revenue as an ever frustrated “app generation” become tired of waiting and turn to other readily available alternatives.
If Office for iOS is released it only goes to show how the popularity of the tablet has grown sufficiently enough to warrant their own brand of software packages as they quickly evolve into full-featured computers – changing the way they are seen by both developers and users alike.