Microsoft today announced Office for the iPad, bringing the productivity suite and Office 365 to the iOS platform. Users will be able to purchase an Office 365 subscription through the iPad itself and Apple will take a 30% cut, reports Re/Code.
Apple has strictly enforced this policy and routinely takes a percentage of any subscription sold within an app, even if the service offers features that don’t directly involve the iPad.
Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code. Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.
Event though Microsoft has to share its revenue with Apple, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella seems to harbor no public resentment over the financial arrangement. Both Nadella and Apple CEO Tim Cook exchanged pleasantries on Twitter after the unveiling of Office for the iPad earlier today.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 27, 2014
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) March 27, 2014
Do you plan on using the Office for iPad suite of apps? Will you purchase your Office 365 subscription through the iPad?