No IPad Office, Says Microsoft

Posted: Apr 2 2010, 8:16pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:22pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets

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Microsoft will "wait and see" how the iPad does before it decides to do anything with the new Apple device, and there are no plans to bring the #1 office software suite to the tablet.

In an interview with Bloomberg, the president of Microsoft's business division, Stephen Elop, said it is currently not interested on doing anything with the iPad.

After years of a partitioned standoff between the two software rivals, Microsoft finally released a Mac version of Office in the early 1990s, and it has been a standard part of the Office business ever since.

However, according to Elop, there are no plans to make a version of the software package for the iPad, thereby cutting down on a potential revenue stream but also helping to keep the Apple device from becoming too powerful.

Apple does provide its own versions of the main Office products, with spreadsheets (Excel) and presentation (PowerPoint) software available, however these products are very minimal from a feature standpoint.

Meanwhile, the newest version of Office for PCs, Office 2010, is due out next month.

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