Microsoft's CEO may unveil Office for iPad on March 27: source
Send a link to a friend
[March 18, 2014]
By Bill Rigby
(Reuters) — Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella may unveil
an iPad version of the company's Office software suite on March 27,
a source familiar with the event told Reuters, and use his first big
press appearance to launch the company's most profitable product in
a version compatible with Apple Inc's popular tablet.
Nadella, who replaced longtime CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year,
will address the media and industry executives in San Francisco on
Investors for years have urged Microsoft to adapt Office for mobile
devices from Apple and Google Inc, rather than shackling it to
Windows as PC sales decline. But the Redmond, Washington-based
software giant has been reluctant to undermine its other lucrative
franchise, its PC operating software.
Microsoft gives up some $2.5 billion a year in revenue by keeping
Office off the iPad, which has now sold almost 200 million units,
Tech blog Re/code first reported news of Nadella's event. Microsoft
said in an invitation to reporters that Nadella will discuss "news
related to the intersection of cloud and mobile" but declined to
comment on the specifics of the CEO's appearance.
Microsoft has had iPad and iPhone versions of Office primed for
several months now, sources told Reuters, but the company has
dallied on their release due to internal divisions, among other
Although Nadella is expected to discuss his thinking in depth next
week, the company has already signaled that it will adopt a more
liberal attitude toward putting its software on different platforms.
[to top of second column]
Microsoft said earlier on Monday that it would make OneNote, its
note-taking software, available on Mac, a move interpreted by
observers as a shot against Evernote, the popular note-taking
application that has both Mac and Android compatibility.
Aside from Evernote, Microsoft also faces budding challenges from
startups that have released mobile-friendly alternatives to Word,
Excel and Powerpoint.
(Reporting by Bill Rigby; editing by Steve Orlofsky and Cynthia
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.