Microsoft Office coming to the iPad?

30 Nov 2011

Microsoft is reportedly bringing its Office suite to the iPad as an app, which may cost US$10 on the Apple App Store.

According to The Daily, Microsoft plans to create a version of Office for the iPad, as well as a new version for OS X Lion for Macs. These two versions could work with Office 365 and mobile versions of Office, including Windows Phone’s Office Hub.

The price of the iPad app is expected to be about US$10, which would compete with the price of Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps, each costing €7.99. Microsoft Office software for desktops currently costs €99.

Microsoft previously launched iPad apps, such as Bing and MSN OnPoint, but adding Office to this lineup would be a huge gain for the iPad, possibly making it more attractive as a business device.

While Microsoft did not comment directly on the report, it said it is committed to expanding Office’s reach across platforms in the future.