Microsoft Office May Be Finally Coming to iPad

According to The Daily, Microsoft plans to release the Office suite for the iPad. The app is likely to become one of the tech giant’s more lucrative ones.

Sources reported to The Daily earlier today that Microsoft is working to bring the Office suite to the iPad. It’s already an old rumor, but since the OneNote app was launched earlier this year, we may be much closer to an actual release. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps will likely make their debut according to SlashGear, and the Office 365 feature is rumored to be integrated as well.

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Mobile productivity is definitely becoming a focus for many consumers. Though late to the party, Microsoft is one of many companies that are taking advantage of the growing tablet base to launch mobile and iOS-specific apps. Expanding its base is a smart move for Microsoft, especially with the controversy surrounding the upcoming Windows 8 computers and tablets.

Apple’s iWork suite has been available for the iPad for some time, and was recently made available to the iPhone and iPod Touch earlier this year as well was updated to work with iCloud. However, Office is Microsoft’s most lucrative software, second only to Windows itself. Office is the standard for document productivity on the desktop, so it’ll be interesting to see how well it does on iOS in comparison to Apple’s iWork.

Microsoft’s desktop version of Office hasn’t been updated for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion yet, but The Daily’s source also said that this should be out by the end of 2012. It’s possible that we could see the iPad apps much sooner than that.

What do you think about the possibility of Word, Excel and PowerPoint finally coming to iPad? Will you buy them when they’re available in the App Store?

[via TheDaily, SlashGear]