Later today Microsoft will release its Office package of software for Apple’s iPad.
It’s all about bringing together mobile and the cloud, and it’s part of a list of innovations for Microsoft, said the company’s newly minted chief executive, Satya Nadella, at a Microsoft press event here this morning.
For years, reports have circulated that Microsoft would make Office available on the iPad, freeing up word-processing, data-storage, and presentation applications from the Windows operating system.
These days Apple throws in its software for those tasks — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, respectively — when it sells tablets. And because Microsoft’s own Surface tablet hasn’t always been a hit, it’s important for Microsoft to bring its familiar apps to the widely adopted iPad.
Which is why you could argue Microsoft should have made this move a while ago.
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