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Ballmer promises Office on iPad after touch-first apps hit Windows

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 9, 2013
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today said that a touch-specific version of Office will, at some point, reach the iPad.

However, experts have pointed out that there's a big difference between availability on a smartphone, where document editing is nigh impossible, and on tablets, which are much more conducive to content creation. Office on the iPad would be a milestone for Microsoft.

J.P. Gownder of Forrester has estimated that Microsoft could generate $1.5 billion annually from Office on the iPad, assuming just 10% of all iPads were equipped with a $100 Office 365 subscription.

Patrick Thibodeau contributed to this report


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