While Microsoft wants to bring its Office productivity suite to iOS devices, the project doesn’t seem to be on top priority, as evident by the leaked roadmaps, delays, and plans to release an iPad version only after a touch-first Windows version. But this could change if former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop succeeds Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft.
Elop, who will be Executive Vice President Devices & Services at Microsoft following the Nokia acquisition, is a prime candidate to take over Ballmer’s position. According to Bloomberg, he has quite a plan for the future of Microsoft, which includes spinning off or selling Xbox, and focusing on making Office available on iOS and Android:
[Elop will focus] the company’s strategy around making the popular Office software programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint available on a broad variety of smartphones and tablets, including those made by Apple Inc. and Google Inc., said three people with knowledge of his thinking.
Elop would probably move away from Microsoft’s strategy of using these programs to drive demand for its flagship Windows operating system on personal computers and mobile devices, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the 49-year-old executive hasn’t finalized or publicly discussed his analysis of the business.
Microsoft does want Office presence on all platforms, even under Ballmer, but only once it has a touch-friendly interface on its own Windows platform. Current versions of Office heavily rely on mouse and keyboard input. A Microsoft roadmap, leaked earlier this yearOctober 2014 release for Office on iPad, points to an . The company currently has a version of Office 365 for iPhone on the App Store, which has limited capabilities and is more focused on editing files rather than creating new ones.
Are you looking forward to Office for iPad, or you’re happy with the current suite of productivity tools on the iPad? Let us know in the comments below.