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On eve of expected Office for iPad, some remain skeptical

Gregg Keizer | March 28, 2014
Although rumors have pegged today as the day when Microsoft will announce a long-awaited Office for iPad, some remain skeptical that the company will actually pull the trigger.

And while there are consumers who will buy Office on iPad — which, whenever it's trotted on stage, is expected to be offered only to those who subscribe to one of the company's rent-not-buy Office 365 plans — Microsoft's target for Office on Apple's tablet is definitely business.

"Office is the gold standard in business," said Moorhead.

Microsoft's selection of San Francisco for the event and its timing do hint at something Apple related, however: The Macworld/iWorld conference and trade show also opens today in the city, kicking off at 10 a.m. PT.

Paul Kent, the general manager of Macworld/iWorld, noticed that, too.

"Microsoft couldn't have picked a better time to make this announcement as tens of thousands of Apple enthusiasts, developers, enterprise customers and ecosystem stakeholders converge on the city," Kent said in an email today. "We're sure the conference will be buzzing about one of the world's premier technology brands making such a big bet on the Apple community."

Macworld/iWorld is hosted by IDG World Expo, an arm of IDG, the parent company of both Computerworld and Macworld.


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