After a year of rumors and speculation, Microsoft finally unveiled a version of their Office software suite that works on Apple's iPad devices.
The announcement came at a press conference held today by CEO Satya Nadella, the first one held since his appointment as CEO of the tech giant in February. The iPad version of the app, similar to the iPhone version released last year, will allow viewing and editing of Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents. The company promised users that they would be able to work seamlessly between the new iPad version and its existing desktop and web versions of the popular software suite.
All iPad owners will be able to use the apps to read and present documents for free. Users who currently have a subscription to Office 365, which operates on a monthly or annual payment plan rather than a one-time purchase, will have the ability to edit documents on the iPad as part of their subscription.
The software available for iPad users on the App Store in separate Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps. Users can purchase an Office 365 subscription for $9.99 a month or $99.99 per year. The subscription will allow users to install Office on up to five different computers, and users will have access to editing tools on Office for iPad and iPhone.