Microsoft designing ‘touch first’ version of Office for iPads

Brad Reed
October 8, 2013
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Although Microsoft has had its share of problems breaking into the mobile market, the company’s Office software is still the world’s most-used productivity software and is still a huge source of revenue. Per The Verge, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on Tuesday that his company was in the midst of developing a “touch-first” version of Office that would release on the iPad shortly after releasing on Windows 8.1. Ballmer gave no information on when the touch-centric version of Office would be available and would only say that it’s a work “in progress.” Microsoft released a mobile version of Office for the iPhone and Android smartphones this year so it was only a matter of time before the company released a version of the software that’s tailored specifically to tablets.


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