Office for iPad Arrives: A Look Inside

Microsoft unleashes its Office suite for Apple's iPad.
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Office ventures onto the iPad

After years of speculation about whether Microsoft would ever offer its lucrative Office franchise on Apple's iPad, and if so, when, CEO Satya Nadella last week kicked off a press event where the company unveiled the new all-touch apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The three apps can be downloaded free of charge from Apple's App Store, but in that form, only let customers view documents and spreadsheets, and present slideshows. That's Microsoft's new freemium business model for Office, perhaps a harbinger of how it will market the same apps for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

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