Microsoft made a big announcement today. The company has finally launched the long-awaited Office 365 productivity suite on the iPhone. Unfortunately, the iPad version is still MIA and it seems the company has not plans to make an optimized version.
Office 365 is Microsoft’s subscription-based productivity suite that lets users share and collaborate on documents through SkyDrive. Until today, it was only available as a mobile app on Windows-based devices.
With the iPhone launch, users can open, read, edit, and make comments, but it is not the full-service program of Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Microsoft’s marketing manager Chris Schneider told the Associated Press that the app is intended to be a supplement for the desktop version. “We designed the Office Mobile for iPhone to meet the scenarios that make the most sense.”
For example, if you are preparing for a speech and notice a typo while reviewing your presentation, you can fix it on your iPhone. However, you won’t be able to actually create a PowerPoint document from your iOS device.
You also won’t get Microsoft’s email service, Outlook, on the iPhone. But, you will be able to send and receive files through SkyDrive if you subscribe to Microsoft 365.
The real issue here is the missing iPad version. The company recently launched its own line of tablets that come stock with Office 365. It is possible that they are holding out on making a version for the iPad because they want to keep their advantage in the tablet market.
Whether Office 365 does or doesn’t ever make it onto the iPad is not much of a problem for Apple. Sales of their tablets have not been harmed in the past three years with the lack of Microsoft’s productivity suite.
Still, it sure would be nice to have Office 365 on the most popular tablet in the world.