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Microsoft dives into the Office for iPad design process

Office for iPad

Microsoft has provided a look behind the scenes on how they developed Office for iPad and highlighted an impressive 27 million download milestone. They made plenty of smart moves, such as designing for the iPad, rather than simply porting a desktop version to a tablet. The devs considered core usage scenarios, like making last-minute changes on a presentation, or powering through a draft to meet a deadline. Subtle touches like a lightweight but customizable menu ribbon, and tweaking the standard iOS 7 design principles with their own spin helped make Office the app it is.

We're fans of Office on iPad, even with the subscription cost. There are plenty of productivity apps out there to handle documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, but Office has traditionally done really well in that area, and has managed to continue the tradition on iPad. For a deeper look at how Microsoft pulled it off, check the link below. There's also the Reddit AMA the development team did not too long ago.

How many of you guys are using Word, PowerPoint, or Excel for iPad? Is it worth the subscription cost?

Source: Microsoft

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theefman says:

To busy fawning over the ipad to finish off touch office for windows, idiots.

josonjoy1986 says:

I second this...^^^

OMG55 says:

They could have decided to wait to release it for both platforms simultaneously at best. It should have been easier for them to develop for their own platform but I guess h they feel the same about it as app developers ; )

DennisvdG says:

I know it's frustrating but at least we get office for free

terrokkinit says:

+Icon seriously. What's better than F-R-Double E FREE? ;)

Dare2Blink says:

Exactly... And no offence but why are you asking us if we use office for iPad? Do you think any of your readers are stupid enough to buy an iPad?

Because some here own iPads. I own an iPad 3, along with a Surface Pro 2.

neonspark says:

maybe this belongs in ipad central?

tkdmacgeek says:

Have Siri and Cortana talk to each other!

Who cares if they ask? It's a microsoft product.  This forum has a vested intrested in Microsofts wel lbeing.   The survuval of these companies and the sucess of the products Microsoft makes for theses companies are key in the developement of things like the Surface and the Windows Phone.  Please dont tell me you think that the R&D departments are being funded on Surface and Windows Phone sucess alone hahaha.  

 

neonspark says:

I think they are about to start a reality show on TLC.

Aashish13 says:

Microsoft either be a hardware company or a software. Your like following the steps what Blackberry did with bbm and killed their hardware. The same your doing with surface

Zig261 says:

What's wrong with being both? Apple is both and they work just fine.

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neonspark says:

apple software revenues are a joke. they are a hardware company.

Zulfigar says:

It's still there though

Tense says:

It's not like Microsoft hardware has a ton of market share either...

neonspark says:

MSFT makes not just surface but xbox, and now they own nokia. They also own perceptive pixel which makes huge tablets seen in the fox news room. Yeah, that makes them a hardware company with a big hardware focus.

apple: basically tacks software on their hardware. the software is just adding value, not a separate division like MSFT has. FCP and aperture are the only two ventures of software apple has any traction in and both are much smaller than MSFT's hardware divisions in terms of profit and revenues.

CJ Thunder says:

Need to dive into the surface mini design and office for touch in Windows. How about that MS!?!

Zulfigar says:

Did you just reply to yourself?

Tense says:

lol, Someone wanted attention.

CJ Thunder says:

I already have attention, I was just being funny.

gamo62 says:

That's your opinion.

CJ Thunder says:

And that's all that matters. If I laugh at my own joke then I'm happy.
My original point still stands though.

Wael Hasno says:

So, we don't have a touch version for our Surfaces and what they do is show us videos about how they made the iPad version? The hell with that..

Aashish13 says:

+720 as I mentioned microsoft isn't going well with hardware. Either be a software and services company. Doing that they are indirectly de selling surface and wp

James Ingram says:

Yeah.... You said once

toddpart says:

One of the HUGE BENEFITS of our Surfaces is that we can run the FULL version of Office which is 10000x better than any touch version. Try that on an iPad LMAO

Aashish13 says:

Yeah bro but one cant convice huge amount of ppl to buy surface pro 3 device. Ppl find pc and laptops cheaper. They have to reduce price or else request OEMs to keep good offers on laptops. Still there are ppl in remote areas who cant afford a pc. Microsoft can work more on targetting such ppl.

toddpart says:

Not sure I understand...if they want a cheap PC or laptop they can still run office. And cheap laptop is not going to have touch so then who cares about touch version of office?

Yeah, but the iPad version is currently more touch friendly, even with the "touch" mode on windows 8.

toddpart says:

So....you don't need touch version when you have the real thing

neonspark says:

it is. it is however the case that the windows version will be better than the ipad even in its touch form. But for now, it does kind of mock their own tablets. Hey at least it's coming :)

TechFreak1 says:

That is most likely why they didn't release the surface mini.

Edit: Autocorrect typo lol.

Peter West says:

It's okay with me. Let them get a little more experience with designing Office for a touch device, then bring the best features to my Surface Pro.

I use it on my iPad, because I don't bring my Surface Pro 2 everywhere. Some places I bring my iPad to, some my SP2.

PureView says:

Microsoft knows where their real userbase is. Wise company!

neonspark says:

you mean they know where their users went? he he.

Cellus13 says:

Hate to say it but your right. Surface will be there eventually, just not now.

Zig261 says:

Now how about releasing Office for my Galaxy Tab 10.1

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The_Lord23 says:

Hahahaahahahahahah!!

Tense says:

Microsoft should get a deal going with Google. An Office app for Android in exchange for a Google Docs app on Windows 8 and WP8. As much as I prefer Office and OneDrive, my school uses Google Docs and a well-built official app would be great.

neonspark says:

I've never seen an app with more follow up victory laps than this one. It is like they are trying to document a box office hit or something. I bet the windows version won't get any of these A&E-original insider stories.

spinzeroWL says:

Good comment :)
+3310

It feels like using Office Online without the URL bar.

ArisKarneris says:

It should have been released for windows first with better features, more intuitive interface and a hell of a lot better support. We will be repaid for this when it finally comes out but I think MS has a thing for missing "deadlines".

Tense says:

Office is going down the same road Skype is on. :/

terrokkinit says:

27 million downloads freakin ROCKS!! Go MSFT!

Rasetech says:

Damn MS bring the touch Office for Windows RT!

TechFreak1 says:

The new version of office which is touch optimised (Gemini) is coming... The question is when will it be released.