According to The Daily, Microsoft is working on bringing its flagship software suite Microsoft Office to the iPad due to the growing popularity of the tablet. An updated 2012 edition of Microsoft Office for Mac is also expected to ship in 2012.
According to sources, the tech giant is actively working on adapting its popular software suite for Apple’s tablet. With the iPad making up over 80 percent of the tablet market and millions of people worldwide using Office, that could mean big bucks for the tech giant based in Redmond, Wash.
In addition to an iPad-ready version, a new edition of Office is expected for OS X Lion sometime next year. The current version of the desktop package, Office 2011, officially supports [Mac OS X] versions up to Snow Leopard. A Lion version, likely available via the Mac App Store, is widely expected.
The ability for users to access Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook from their iPad will be a big selling point for Apple, who have struggled to corner the business market. No dates have yet been announced for release.