Since the iPad was released in 2010, enterprise users have been asking for the ability to use Microsoft Office on the device. Businesses that are trying to decide if the device is right for them always ask about making Excel spreadsheets, Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. While Apple will push its versions of these applications, for many users, they do not take the place of the Microsoft productivity suite.
Thankfully, after five years of waiting, Excel, Word and PowerPoint have officially been released for the iPad. At a press event earlier today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the company's mobile and cloud strategy and the event was headlined by Office.
The applications will be available for individual free download in the Apple App Store. However, if users want to be able create and edit, instead of just read and present, they will need to have an Office 365 subscription.
"Microsoft is focused on delivering the cloud for everyone, on every device. It's a unique approach that centers on people — enabling the devices you love, work with the services you love, and in a way that works for IT and developers," Nadella said.
The iPhone version of the software, which was released in June last year, was also updated to version 1.1.
Mobility has become a larger part of today's business landscape and it was only a matter of time before the productivity suite was deployed. With the help of an excel consulting firm, any company will be able to efficiently adopt mobile Office.