Microsoft’s new chief Satya Nadella, speaking at his first launch as CEO, described the new cross platform developments as, “just one aspect of our strategy”, and promised further announcements about the company’s future products at Build 2014, starting next week in San Francisco.
It is rumoured that the announcements at the conference will focus on developments for Windows, with hints that details about the Windows 8.1 update, and maybe even some sneak peeks at Windows 8.2 and Windows 9.
“Windows will innovate”, says Mr Nadella. “You’ll see us talk about the innovations in operating systems and innovations in devices. We want to see a cloud on every device.”
Mr Nadella went on to say that the Office for iOS was part of the Microsoft strategy to enable people to be “productive across all devices.”
The three productivity applications, offered free in the App Store, are Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Each has been modified for touchscreen so users will not need a mouse or keyboard and can fully enjoy ease of use on their Apple products.
The free apps allow users to read Word docs, view Excel and present a PowerPoint. Users who have a 365 subscription can upload Office for iPad apps on up to five devices that run iOS 7 and up. Despite Microsoft’s glee at hitching a ride on Apple’s popular coat-tails, some users have vented their anger on the App store’s reviews, baulking at the £80 it costs to have a 365 subscription, and claiming that the apps have some glaring omissions.
Tech watchers now look eagerly to Build 2014 next week to see what Microsoft has in store next.