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Sorry, No Office For iPad

by Winston Sih | April 5, 2010April 5, 2010 5:43 am PDT

Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Stephen Elop, Microsoft executive claimed that the company has “no current plans” to support their Office productivity suite for the Apple iPad.

Contradictory to this, in mid-February, another representative of Microsoft, Mike Tedesco claimed that the company was “looking at” the possibility of bringing Office to the iPad, which turns out that if that move was ever going to happen, it would occur far down the road.

“We never say never, but we have no current plans” to develop a version of Office for the Apple iPad, Elop said. Last year, Microsoft said that it would work on a version of Office to work on Nokia Oyj’s smartphones for the reason that millions of Office users already use these devices.

An iPad edition of Office would likely be built by a unit within Microsoft’s consumer business that creates versions of Office that work with Apple’s Macintosh personal computers similar to Microsoft Office for Mac.  Many Mac users claim they use Office mainly because they natively save to “Windows-compatible” files (.doc,.xls,.ppt).

Kristen Woody, a spokesperson for that unit concludes that she “doesn’t have anything to share at this time.”  For now, iPad users will just have to be stuck with Pages, Numbers and Keynote for putting together their work.

Source: Bloomberg