Microsoft is hosting a press event on March 27, which would be its newly appointed CEO, Satya Nadella’s first public appearance in the new role. The invite says Nadella would talk about the company’s “mobile first, cloud first” strategy but its timing – a week before Microsoft’s annual Build developers conference – has raised a few eyebrows.
According to The Verge, Microsoft is likely to finally unveil the iPad edition of its Office suite at the event. While this would be a little odd, considering Microsoft had planned to launch it after unveiling a Metro version of Office for its Windows running devices. Not launching the iPad edition of Office at Build, however, makes a lot of sense considering that conference is for Windows developers.
The report suggests that Office for iPad would work similar to how it works on the iPhone with a completely working Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps. However, one would require a valid Office 365 subscription to enable the editing functionality.
Nadella had earlier stated that mobile and cloud will be the key areas where Microsoft would focus, while former CEO Steve Ballmer envisioned Microsoft as a software and devices company, much like a vertically integrated Apple, during the end of his tenure. However, it remains to be seen how far Microsoft goes to provide its software services on rival platforms, especially those like the iPad that dwarves its Surface tablet.