Microsoft may finally bring Office to the iPad by July, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley is reporting. This would make the software available on Apple’s tablet even before the touch-enabled version is ready for Windows and Windows RT devices.
While that may sound crazy, one can’t forget that’s Office rather than Windows which makes most of the money for the Redmond giant. And by launching an iPad app, Microsoft may make some serious cash, as we’ve reported before.
There’s no word what Office for iPad will be like, but chances are it won’t be on par with its desktop counterpart. Still, it should provide just enough functionality to get users through the day, all while requiring them to commit on an Office 365 subscription.
Going forward, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Office for Android launching as well. We’re not sure how that would help Windows Phone, but it would definitely generate some serious cash for Microsoft. More to come, obviously.