Microsoft Office

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed that the company is planning to bring Office to the iPad with a touch user interface. Speaking at a Gartner event in Florida on Tuesday, Ballmer said “iPad will be picked up when there’s a touch first user interface.” That touch first interface appears to be making its way to the Windows version of Office first, with the iPad edition to follow afterwards. Ballmer noted the touch first interface is “in progress.” Microsoft has previously released an Office version for iPhone without support for the iPad, noting at the time that tablet users could make use of Office Web Apps in the browser instead. Ballmer’s confirmation follows a similar topic of discussion by Microsoft’s chief operating officer during the recent company meeting. Insiders have revealed to The Verge that Turner expressed the “need to own the productivity experience across all devices.”

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