Microsoft released Office for the iPad yesterday, bringing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to the App Store. While many pundits said Microsoft was too late to the game to make any impact, it appears that consumers disagree as the titles climbed quickly to the top of the App Store charts.
Within one day of launch, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now take the top three spots in the Top Free iPad app list. The updated Microsoft OneNote follows in the number four spot.
Though the apps are free, people apparently are buying Office 365 subscriptions as Microsoft Word is the number five top grossing app, while Excel is number twelve. Microsoft is selling its Office 365 subscription as an in-app purchase within the app for $9.99 per month or $99 per year.
iPad owners can download the Office apps at no charge, and use them to view and present documents, but an Office 365 subscription is required for creating or editing documents. This arrangement is beneficial for both Apple and Microsoft, with Microsoft extending the reach of its Office suite and Apple earning 30% off each Office 365 subscription that it is purchased from within the iPad app.
If you haven’t already done so, you can download the Office apps from the iOS App Store using the links below :
- Microsoft Word for iPad
- Microsoft Excel for iPad
- Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad
- Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone
Have you downloaded Microsoft Office for the iPad? Let us know what you think in the comments.