Microsoft had been in talks for more than a year to produce a series of Office suite applications for Apple’s iPad. The software giant refused to make any declarations about this project during their Tuesday interview with Reuters.
One of the top executives of Microsoft agreed to talk to reporters at Reuters about the company’s plans to initiate a project for Apple’s iPad. The software company was about to create a special Office suite of applications that could work with the said tablet, but the plan was not fulfilled because Apple and Microsoft did not reach a consensus.
The launching of Microsoft’s Surface tablet is one of the reasons why the company refused to add Office to iPad. The collaboration would have brought $2.5 billion in extra revenue for Microsoft per year, but CEOs decided it was best to encourage sales for their own products.
Kurt DelBene, the head of Microsoft’s office unit, told the press that they are trying to customize their software products to bring new elements to every new device. They are not focusing their attention on creating a universal product that has the same effects on every device, but rather unique PC software that triggers new experience in every gadget.
Although DelBene did not provide an exact answer about Microsoft’s project with Apple, we will most likely wait a long period of time until iPads will be foreseen with the Office suit. He further added that iOS based products may be enriched with Office apps by downloading the online versions with the help of a web browser. As a result, there is no reason why Microsoft should hurry and create new PC software for iOS.
The online versions of the apps are not as comprehensive and complex as the installed ones. However, DelBene believes the web applications have been significantly enhanced, so Apple’s customers benefit more or less of the same services as Microsoft’s consumers. In addition, the company offers native iOS versions of some Office applications, such as, One-Note, Lync communication suite and SharePoint.