Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today said that a touch-specific version of Office will, at some point, be available for the iPad.
"Word, PowerPoint and Excel are all authoring tools," Ballmer said during an appearance at the Gartner Symposium. "They are optimized for use with keyboards and mice.
"The last time I checked, the iPad didn't have a paradigm for keyboard or mice. iPad will be picked up when we do what I would call not just a touch-enabled, but a touch-first user interface [for Office]. That is in progress...for both Windows 8 and other platforms."