Excel-lent! Microsoft launches Office for iPad

Microsoft’s newly-appointed chief executive Satya Nadella launched an iPad edition of the Office software suite yesterday.

Soon after the launch, Word became the most downloaded application for iPads in Apple’s app store.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint will cost users £7.99 per month or £79.99 per year under Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella said: “We’re bringing Office, the gold standard in getting things done, to the iPad. A billion people rely on Office every day, and we’ve worked diligently to create a version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that delivers the best productivity experience available on the iPad.

“It’s built from the ground up for touch, is unmistakably Office in its design, and is optimized for iPad. Office for iPad offers unmatched rendering of content and delivers unparalleled authoring, analysis and presentation experiences that Office customers expect on all of their devices. Download it today for free.

“We’ve offered Office on the Mac for more than 20 years. Taking the next step and making it available for iPad users too is another way Office delivers on its promise to give anyone the power to make things, and make things happen, any moment of the day.”

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