In end March 2014, Microsoft released Office for iPad under its Cloud First Approach initiative. Microsoft claims more than one billion people use Microsoft Office at home and/or workplace. With the rise of mobile computing, there has been serious demand from Office users for optimal experience across all devices (mobile, tablet and desktop). In this regard, Office 365 and DriveOne has been key cloud based Microsoft solutions - syncing Office apps and documents across smartphones, tablets, desktop and cloud.
Microsoft's Office for iPad comes with three apps Excel, Word and PowerPoint - their capabilities and look and feel are similar to traditional versions. With free Office for iPad one can only read existing (Excel, Word and PowerPoint) documents. In order to create and edit documents, user must subscribe to Office 365, consequently Microsoft expecting increased OneDrive usage and Office 365 sales. Apple store has already seen 27 million Office for iPad downloads in less than two months i.e. half a million downloads per day. Among three Office for iPad apps, Word has been the most popular so far with rank of 11 in US and Canada. Google Docs, which was released after Office for iPad, is currently sitting 23rd rank in US and Canada.
Responding to great acceptance and popular feature demand, Microsoft has already released first update just after 33 days of Office for iPad launch. The update included printing – the number one user request - and SmartGuides in PowerPoint. After update, user can print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations to an AirPrint Printer. SmartGuides makes alignment of pictures, shapes and textboxes easier on a PowerPoint slide. One can also display PowerPoint slides on external TV and projector - iOS AirPlay tools make this possible by sending iPad display to external device via Apple TV.