A few days ago, Microsoft finally released the Microsoft Office suite for iOS…except only for the iPhone version, and only for Office 365 subscribers (the company’s subscription service for Office, as opposed to traditional desktop packages). Office on the iPhone has been long overdue, and it’s great that it’s here, but, more important: Where is the iPad version?
On the iPhone, you can now open and edit Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint slides–with the same functionality that, basically, Windows Phone users have for the mobile Office suite. But with the tiny screen, this is best for last-minute, last-resort work on documents (or simple document viewing), not actual work.
The official Office iPad version is the one we’re waiting for. Coupled with a keyboard case (like the Kensington KeyFolio Pro), it’ll turn the iPad into a true laptop replacement for many. (It might even make fewer people buy Microsoft’s own Surface tablet, though, Tech Crunch muses.)
There’s no word yet on when Microsoft Office will land on the iPad, though we’ve seen signs it’s coming. With Office on the iPhone available now (at least, for Office 365 subscribers), it’s just a matter of time.