It makes business sense for companies to try and launch their established software suites on a variety of different platforms so as to try and grow their market share. In the case of Microsoft and MS Office, this makes even more sense due to the growing threat on the horizon known as Google and their cloud computing product, Google Documents.
There have been long standing rumours that began last year which indicated that Microsoft was looking to launch Office on the iPad. These were some serious rumours from well regarded sources, but as the days and months passed, we still didn’t hear anything official from Microsoft. Back in May, we finally did get a concrete date for the launch of Office on the iPad and that was November 10th. The only problem was that this date was not from Microsoft, but rather from sources close to the company.
Now, the New York Times is running with this story, substantiating the rumours that Office will in fact be coming to the iPad, but Microsoft is having a tough time deciding just how much to charge for the Office app and this in turn is in part, impacting the launch date. One thing is for sure and that is that Microsoft does need to move on this front, especially when you see Google buying Quickoffice, which could only mean more improvements are on the way for Google Docs.